Your Pace Or Mine? ARC Cancer Support Centres Race, Walk Or Run – 7th May



















ARC Cancer Support Centres – background information

  • ARC Cancer Support Centres is a registered charity (Registration No 20024828 and CHY 10857) that supports people affected by cancer and their loved ones. All ARC’s services are provided free of charge.
  • ARC’s services are provided in its two centres in Eccles Street on the Northside and South Circular Road on the Southside. They are strategically located near the designated centres for cancer care in Dublin, namely the Mater Hospital and Beaumont Hospital on Dublin’s Northside, and St James’s Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital on Dublin’s Southside.
  • ARC also runs an outreach service once a month in Castleknock.
  • ARC provides psychological, emotional and practical support, complementary therapies and counselling services to people affected by cancer and their loved ones.
  • ARC’s services are provided by professional staff and trained volunteers.
  • For further information:
  • email
  • telephone 01 8307 333/01 707 8880
  • facebook com/ARCCancerSupport
  • twitter –


Additional information

  • ARC’s drop-in centres are open Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm and Friday from 10am-2pm, with late opening Tuesdays to 8pm in Eccles Street and Wednesdays to 8pm in South Circular Road.
  • ARC offers a safe and confidential space for people to talk to a trained volunteer and to avail of counselling from qualified psychotherapists.
  • ARC’s range of group therapies includes mindfulness, relaxation and visualisation, stress management and yoga classes.
  • ARC provides a number of workshops on topics including ‘Talking to Children about Cancer’, ‘Positive Appearance’, ‘Cancer and Fatigue’, ‘Pharmacy Advice’, ‘Cancer and Nutrition’, ‘Bereavement’, and ‘Benefits and Entitlements’, to name but a few.
  • ARC’s one-to-one therapies include reflexology, acupuncture, Indian head massage, metamorphosis and manual lymph drainage.
  • ARC has in place a range of support groups that meet regularly – including a men’s group, and groups for people with breast cancer, prostate cancer, mouth cancer, myeloma and secondary cancer.
  • ARC organises a range of education and support programmes such as the Living with Prostate Cancer programme, the Living with Secondary Cancer programme, the Survive and Thrive programme and the CLIMB programme for children aged between 5 and 11 years who have a significant adult who has been affected by cancer.
  • In 2017 it cost approximately €760,000 to run both of the ARC centres. While support is provided by the HSE and a limited grant from the Irish Cancer Society, ARC relies on the continued generosity of the public for the majority of its funding. ARC also relies on outstanding volunteers who are the backbone of the organisation to provide many of its services, such as managing its drop-in centres, providing pro-bono therapies and organising events.
  • ARC was founded in 1994, the brain-child of the eminent consultant oncologist, Prof. Des Carney, who identified the importance of psychological, emotional and practical support in improving outcomes for people with cancer, working in parallel with conventional medical treatment.
  • ARC is committed to spending funds wisely and accounts for these in line with SORP best practice, ensuring that its activities are open and transparent. It is listed with the Charities Regulatory Authority and has a donor charter in place. It has signed up to the ICTR Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising and is in the process of adopting the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations.
  • The incidence of cancer is increasing. By 2020, 1 in 2 of us will receive a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime. This is mainly due to an ageing population. Ireland is likely to see a doubling of incidence by 2040 – the highest rise in Europe. The good news is that more people are surviving cancer, with more than 165,000 cancer survivors living with, and beyond, cancer in Ireland today.
  • There was a growth of 16% in the number of people attending ARC in 2017, with 2,639 clients availing of services. Approximately 13,000 visits were recorded.

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