The UK office of Collette Vacations, Collette Worldwide Holidays, has launched an initiative to support their local community. They will be working together to support the Lynda Jackson Macmillian Centre, a cancer center based at Mount Vernon Hospital, near the office in Uxbridge, Middlesex.
Seven employees from the UK office have undergone a rigorous application process that included Criminal Background Checks as well as training both at the Mount Vernon hospital and at the office in Uxbridge.
Beginning April 2011, the team will be participating actively as volunteers at the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre. The center is pioneering in their efforts for Patient Information Services. The volunteers will be working specifically on a Patient Information Prescription service (IPS). Clients choose to use this service at the time of meeting with their health care providers and the team will be collating the information for them that they have requested using an online service that produces a personalized package for the patient.
The LJMC is a drop in centre where patients or families and caregivers, can visit, talk, ask questions, and receive information in the form of leaflets, DVD’s, books , CD’s as well as access a reference library and a telephone helpline.
The Centre also offers benefits in the form of advice, counseling sessions, complimentary therapies such as reflexology, aromatherapy, ear acupuncture, Indian head massage, reiki, relaxations sessions – these benefits can be accessed by patients as well as caregivers. A “ Look Good….Feel Better” area for skincare and make-up workshops is also available for patients.
The LJMC is partially funded by the Mount Vernon Hospital but the remainder of its running costs are dependant on grants, voluntary donations and fundraising activities. The LJMC does not charge for its services. Collette Worldwide Holidays is excited to be involved in such a great cause in the local community. The employees will be giving their time and also fundraising for the cause.