Full steam ahead for Cancer Council NSW staff at Singleton office, despite job cuts

FULL STEAM AHEAD: Community programs coordinator Glen Parsons, community relations coordinator Clint Ekert and Singleton volunteers Margie Mitchell and Deb Rae.
FULL STEAM AHEAD: Community programs coordinator Glen Parsons, community relations coordinator Clint Ekert and Singleton volunteers Margie Mitchell and Deb Rae.

IT is business as usual for the Cancer Council NSW staff and volunteers at Singleton’s John Street Community Office after the organisation last week announced changes across the state to reduce operating costs.

It was reported that at least four employees at the Hunter Central Coast branch were made redundant under a restructure that will also wind up the charity’s flagship school nutrition program, Eat It to Beat It.

Shayne Connell, a well-known figure for the past 12 years, will leave his regional manager’s post at the end of June, too.

All up, about 18 roles across three levels of management within Cancer Council NSW have been collapsed into seven positions.

But, Singleton is not likely to be affected.

In fact, the town’s Community Office recently celebrated five years of service in the area.

And, the current moves will ensure, that for years to come, supportive care programs and services will be delivered locally to patients during their time of need, according to Clint Ekert.

“It’s very much business as usual for us here in our office,” the community relations coordinator said.

“We are still full steam ahead on ensuring that funds raised here locally are used to support locals during their cancer journey.”

Local support services are the key focus for the Singleton office.

This financial year, 566 Upper Hunter residents have travelled 98,084km all free of charge, thanks to the generous support of businesses and individuals.

“Both locally and across NSW, Cancer Council is always looking to reduce costs and focus on using the funds raised to help those going through a cancer experience,” community programs coordinator Glen Parsons said.

“It’s important that we continue to invest in research, preventative cancer programs and messaging and continuing to have a strong voice to government to ensure we have better cancer outcomes for local communities.”

For more information about the events, programs and services offered, phone the John Street office on 6572 5400.

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