Blue Mountains Cancer Help Incorporated is a local organisation, unique in NSW, supporting people diagnosed with cancer in the Blue Mountains and Penrith communities. Since inception in May 2005, we have seen and assessed over 600 clients, and are currently actively supporting over 250 clients and their families. We are a registered, charitable organisation with deductible gift recipient status. Our organisation is based on the ‘Bloomhill’ model located in Buderim, Queensland which has been operating successfully on the Sunshine Coast since 1997.
With over 42 fully trained and insured therapists, Blue Mountains Cancer Help is providing a large range of Complementary Therapies such as Massage (including Lymphoedema Management), Reflexology, Art Therapy, Reiki, Yoga, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Naturopathy, Bowen Therapy, Counselling, Qi Gong and Meditation as well as facilitated support groups for member clients and their families/carers. These therapies promote relaxation during a very challenging and often life changing experience. All therapies are subsidised by Blue Mountains Cancer Help and if necessary can be carried out at the client’s home. In the 2012/2013 financial year 2,916 therapies in total, including counselling, were provided to clients. Each new client member is initially assessed by a Registered Nurse after which they may choose to access any of the above services.
Other services include assistance with transport as required, in conjunction with Great Community Transport service, and we have established a book and wig library for client use. Our aim is to work alongside General Practitioners and Specialists and to complement existing services such as Community Health, Palliative Care and other support organisations in the Blue Mountains.
BMCH Op-Shops in Katoomba and Penrith Valley provide us with a regular source of income, along with fund–raising events and donations. The Op-Shops provide an important focal point for the community and volunteers. Volunteer training is offered on a regular basis. The organisation has already provided both a sense of purpose, friendship and support to clients and their families and we are committed to do so into the future.
We welcome you to visit our Op-Shops at Unit 2, 27 Whitton Street, Katoomba and 201-211 High Street, Penrith. Volunteers are always required to help out with fund-raising, administration, or to work in the Op-Shops. Should you have further enquiries, please contact BMCH Head Office on (02) 4782 4866 between 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, Penrith Office on (02) 4721 1317 between 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday or ring our Op-Shops: Katoomba (02) 4782 6076 & Penrith Valley (02) 4721 5823. Donations welcome!