CLAN Cancer Support

Aparajita Mohanty

Going through cancer can be a life changing experience. From the initial diagnosis, to the treatment that follows, each stage of the cancer journey can have a significant impact on an individual’s life and that of their friends and family. Adapting to living with, or life after, a cancer diagnosis which can change many day-to-day situations can be difficult. Individuals, or organisations, that are there to support an individual on their cancer journey – from initial consultation to adapting to life after cancer is absolutely vital. CLAN is a non-profit organisation which provides wellbeing and support services to individuals, their family, friends or careers.


CLAN was established in 1983 by a group of health professionals working in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with the vision of developing cancer support out with the hospital environment. Since then, the charity has successfully provided assistance to many thousands of people affected by cancer. Recognising the need to expand this wonderful initiative, in 2011, a number of fundraising events were carried out across communities in north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland to fund CLAN’s move to a new purposed-designed building in Aberdeen. Since then it has spread its wings to 12 locations including Ballater, Banchory, Elgin, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Turriff and Lossiemouth. CLAN now has an incredible team including more than 400 volunteers, staff and therapists, operating across its 12 community bases in north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.


CLAN offers a wide range of services to people affected with cancer, providing emotional and practical support and information free of charge.

  • CLAN offers lovely bed & breakfast accommodation called CLAN Haven in a delightful home from home environment. CLAN Haven has 27 en-suite bedrooms comprising single, twin family and disability accessible rooms. All rooms are fully equipped with access to a shared kitchen and common area. CLAN Haven provides a calm and pleasant atmosphere for everyone using the facility.
  • CLAN House is located within a short distance of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, with transport available between the hospital and CLAN House for those attending appointments.
  • CLAN also provides professional counselling services for clients and their family.
  • CLAN has a dedicated Children & Families team which offers support to children and young people affected by cancer either personally or through a diagnosis in the family. The team organises children and family activities which include group activities as well as individual support.
  • Additionally, CLAN provides wellbeing services such as salon services offering wig styling, allowing people to increase in confidence and self-esteem during and following treatment.
  • CLAN also has a well-equipped library with a diverse collection of books and information to educate and raise awareness.


CLAN strives to continue to provide professional wellbeing and support service s to people affected by cancer in the heart of their communities. To provide this incredible care and assistance, the charity must raise in the region of £2.5 million each year. CLAN is an independent charity which predominantly relies on the funds raised by individuals, family and organisations.

There are a number of ways to support this incredible initiative and team. This includes donations, arranging fundraising events or hosting events to educate people and promote CLAN. Each event plays a very important role in raising awareness of CLAN’s services throughout the communities within which it works, ensuring that those who may benefit from CLAN’s services are aware and can freely access them.  This includes inviting CLAN to participate in the events you organise, allowing CLAN to share more information, promoting CLAN through your website and social media.

CLAN is always seeking anyone interested in volunteering with the charity. Various volunteering opportunities are available within CLAN, throughout the north-east of Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. This includes support volunteers, assisting in charity shops, and helping at fundraising and information events both in CLAN House and in local communities.

Any form of support or assistance, in the form of donations or volunteering is helping this extra ordinary team going forward and extending helping hands to a large number of people seeking help and support.

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