About Us

Mission Statement

Cancer Wellness Support Incorporated is a non-profit, non-denominational charitable organisation committed to helping cancer clients and their families retain their sense of control and balance through innovative, integrated and holistic therapies and education, whilst at all times giving hope for facing challenging circumstances. We treat everyone with compassion, care, confidentiality and respect.

About Cancer Wellness Support

Cancer Wellness Support exists to offer a range of complementary therapies to assist and support individuals and their families throughout their cancer experience.  These therapies are not intended to replace recommended medical interventions, but to mitigate some of the negative aspects of cancer and its treatment and minimise some of the residual effects, such as lymphoedema. 

Cancer Wellness Support also offers lifestyle education and group support experiences for its members, which encourage a healthy approach to recovery and wellness.

These services are delivered by a range of qualified therapists, based in the local community, at a subsidised cost to the client.  The balance of the therapists' fees is contributed by Cancer Wellness Support with funds raised through our Op Shops and various fundraising undertakings.

Our Story

Cancer Wellness Support 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 940 clients, and are currently actively supporting over 456 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, Cancer Wellness Support is providing a large range of therapies such as Massage, Lymphoedema Management, Reflexology, Art Therapy, Reiki, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Naturopathy, Bowen Therapy, Counselling, Yoga, Qi Gong and Meditation as well as facilitated support groups for member clients and their families/carers.  These services promote relaxation and provide information and support during very challenging, often life changing experiences. All therapies are subsidised by Cancer Wellness Support. During the 2015/2016 financial year therapies, including counselling total in excess of 4,400 occasions of service. 

We have well established book and wig libraries for members’ use.

Each new client member is initially assessed by a Registered Nurse after which they may choose to access any of the above services. 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 and Penrith Valley. The organisation has provided a sense of purpose, friendship and support to many clients and their families and we are committed to continuing this into the future. 

In May 2016, CWS opened a new Centre at 56 Warwick Street Penrith, where interviews, counselling and many therapies and support groups are progressively becoming available.

Cancer Wellness Support Op-Shops in Katoomba and Penrith Valley provide a regular source of income and have become an important focal point for the community and volunteers. Volunteer training is offered on a regular basis. Fund–raising events and donations also supply income.

We welcome you to visit our Op-Shops at the following locations:

Katoomba

  • Unit 2, 27 Whitton Street, Katoomba

Penrith

  • 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:

Blue Mountains Centre (02) 4784 2297 | 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday

Penrith Centre  (02) 4721 1317 |10am to 4pm Monday to Friday

Katoomba Op-Shop (02) 4782 6076
9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday | 9.00am to 3.00pm Saturday

Penrith Op-Shop (02) 4721 5823
9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday | 9.00am to 3.00pm Saturday

Donations are also welcome!

Interview – Robyn Yates with Evelyn Calaunan

Robyn Yates, the founder and director of Cancer Wellness Support formerly known as Blue Mountains Cancer Help, joins Evelyn in the studio on March 23, 2014 for an information fueled interview.

Organisational Structure

Cancer Wellness Support is a non profit, non denomination charitable organisation committed to helping cancer clients and their carers.

Working in conjunction with general practitioners, nursing services and other health care professionals, it is operated by a dedicated team of professional staff and therapists who are assisted by a large number of volunteers.

The organisation Cancer Wellness Support Inc. holds an authority to fundraising under section 13A of the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991.