Gisborne East Coast Centre
Morris Adair Building
PO Box 708
Tel: (06) 867 1795
Fax: (06) 867 1032
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Centre Manager, Philippa Meachen - Email
Supportive Care Co-ordinator, Heidi Stander -Email
Health Promotion Co-ordinator, Tania Hill - Email
Volunteer + Events Co-ordinator, Stacey Williamson - Email
Administrator, Marie Rolls - Email
General Enquiries, - Email
Who we are
The Cancer Society of NZ Gisborne East Coast Centre Trust is a charitable trust. We are a not-for-profit organisation funded by, and supporting, our community in Tairāwhiti. We are a member of the Central Districts Division, part of a federated structure which includes a Cancer Society of New Zealand National Office in Wellington, six divisions and 15 centres throughout New Zealand, all involved in raising funds and providing local services.
How we operate
We are a charity and many people are surprised to learn we rely on the generosity of our caring local businesses and the community for donations (tax deductible), community fundraising, sponsorship, bequests and volunteer support to run our services.
Volunteers are essential to our Centre and our organisation. Many of our volunteers are drawn to help because of experience of cancer, either their own or that of a friend or whānau member. Our Centre is governed by volunteer trustees. We have around 140 volunteers who help in a variety of ways such as fundraising, special events, administration and driving patients to appointments.
There are five staff, some of whom are part-time. Staff here look after the day-to-day operations of the Centre, provide supportive care services, co-ordinate health promotion programmes, coordinate fundraising/special events, and support our volunteers.
The Gisborne East Coast Centre is located in the grounds of Gisborne Hospital (in the old maternity wing behind the Morris Adair building).
What we do
Cancer is now the leading cause of death in New Zealand. As we grow older the likelihood of developing cancer increases. Each year in Tairāwhiti there are over 250 people diagnosed with cancer. Every day at the Cancer Society we help all people with any cancer, their whānau and friends to deal with a cancer diagnosis. We advocate for cancer patients, providing a voice on all kinds of issues including cancer prevention, screening, early detection and treatment. We support people during treatment and beyond. We do this through a wide range of core services in supportive care and information and helping to connect people. We develop and run community health promotion and cancer prevention programmes to keep people well.
We provide a range of FREE support services for people with cancer and their whānau/caregivers. We help get people through their cancer diagnosis and support them beyond treatment.
- General cancer support – we walk alongside, providing one-on-one support, patient advocacy & advice, tailored to the needs of the patient and whānau
- Resources – we have a wide range of resources, written in plain English for patients and whānau
- Support groups
- Transport to cancer treatment
- Emergency financial assistance via grants
- Oncology massage
- Breast prosthesis service
- Referrals to “Look Good Feel Better”
Health Promotion – we help keep people well
We encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle to reduce their personal risk of cancer. We do this through effective health promotion - education, advocacy, policy and communication on the following topics:
- Tobacco Control
- Skin Cancer Prevention including SunSmart schools accreditation programme and sun protection equipment loan for summer events
- Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Screening and Early Detection
- Men's Health - “Get the Tools”
Volunteers – we need your help!
As we said, volunteers are essential to our centre. If you would like to find out more about how you might get involved please contact Stacey Williamson, our Volunteeer and Events Co-ordinator.