Social Innovation Fund Award for Cork ARC

Cork ARC's Secondary Cancer Support Programme has been chosen as one of the 9 Social Innovation Fund Ireland Animate / Healthy Communities Awards.

Generously supported by Medtronic & the Dept. of Rural & Community Development & Dormant Accounts Fund, the Healthy Communities Awards recognize community action that promotes health & wellbeing around Ireland supporting great projects that demonstrate social impact. This €220,000 fund has chosen 9 outstanding projects plus one overall dedicated award, providing each project with financial support and the equivalent in dedicated, non-financial support.

Social Innovation Fund started with 58 applications for the first Animate Awards 2 years ago - this year it was 145. To have been selected as one of the 9 awardees is a fantastic achievement for Cork ARC Cancer Support House and the many members of our team who have brought this project into being.

We're very proud to be acknowledged for our innovative support group which uses Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as a tool to support the many secondary / metastatic cancer patients living with significant anxiety and distress as a result of the ongoing uncertainty of their illness.

Our innovation is that we are the first body in Ireland to publish on MBSR interventions on the metastatic cancer patient group, and also that our findings and programmes report on any form of metastasis. We cannot find another comparable solution in Ireland dedicated to providing MBSR for secondary / metastic cancer patients. 

About Cork ARC

Cork ARC Cancer Support House offers free support services to all those in the community affected by cancer, at our centres in Cork city, Bantry and Youghal. We're working to remove the barriers to healthcare, so that all people in the community can avail of essential psycho-social supports at any point of their journey with cancer. Our services are designed to complement the medical model, and are a key resource for the medical profession in Munster.

Animate / Healthy Communities Awardee Video

The only way to make a global difference is to make a difference locally.
— Dr. Jacob Gayle

Awards Ceremony - Monday 20th November, 2017

Our volunteer Michael Healy ccepted our Animate / Healthy Communities award from Dr. Jacob Gayle, President of the Medtronic Foundation, Sean Kyne TD & Deirdre Mortell, CEO of the Social Innovation Fund Ireland.

We know there’s a loads of fantastic innovations out there. We also know there’s loads of companies out there with heart. We can’t thank Medtronic enough for their donation.
— Deirdre Mortell, CEO Social Innovation Fund

The Award Winning Project

I have learned to manage my stress and anxiety levels. Most importantly I’ve learned to live and appreciate the now and to stop worrying about the future.
— MBSR Participant

Cork ARC offer a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or MBSR programme for those living with secondary cancer or with a long-term illness related to cancer or its treatment. 

Our facilitator Deborah O'Neill Fearon has adapted the regular MBSR programme specifically to support people living with any type of metastic cancer, helping to provide those with the kind of support needed while dealing with treatment, fatigue and pain.

The benefits of mindfulness include an increased ability to relax, reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away, and an increased ability to manage anxiety.

Cork ARC's Secondary Cancer Support Programme