Have a look at our centre

You can be sure of a warm welcome when you visit us at our purpose-built centre – the Howat Hub. We can be found just across the road from the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People (RHCYP) and are ideally placed to support families affected by cancer.

We have not just built a centre but a lot of great relationships with the hospital and other organisations. This ensures that if we cannot deliver the support you need, then we are uniquely placed to guide you to other dedicated organisations.

Whether you want a space to sit quietly or somewhere to grab a cuppa and have a chat – the Howat Hub is here for you.

*** DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS – PLEASE CALL BEFORE COMING TO THE HOWAT HUB ***

0131 370 3170

getting to the hospital

We know that hospital appointments are stressful enough without trying to work out how to get there and park. We can help – just fill in our transport enquiry form and we will get back to you asap to let you know if our vehicle is available.

To avoid disappointment, please don’t wait until last minute. The more notice you give the better.

Appreciation of  our transport service

Thank you for your patience and kind consideration yesterday. We were grateful for the lift and your flexibility in our hour of need.

Text from grateful transport user

ABOUT CCLASP @ the Howat Hub

Established in 1994 by a family whose son has successfully travelled the cancer journey. 

Our ambition

Cancer and leukaemia are the cruellest of illnesses, striking indiscriminately and without warning. Normal life stops and an unplanned journey into the unknown begins.

We understand & believe that every child, adult and family affected should have access to the support and advice they need to help them to have the best life they can, free from unnecessary worries.

Our Approach

Our work brings us in touch with people when they are at their most emotional and vulnerable. 

We help orient them to see a way forward.
We are welcoming, open and inclusive, putting patients and their families at the heart of everything we do.

We are responsive and responsible in the relationships we form and in how we act. We are grounded in the realities of what families are facing and what we can (and can’t) do.

The needs of families are at the heart of CCLASP.

Our focus

Working from a brand new, purpose-built centre across from the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People (RHCYP) we are here to welcome, accompany & support newly diagnosed patients and their families into CCLASP. 

 The Board of Trustees is bringing the Howat Hub into beneficial use – a centre for mental well-being, support, peace & understanding. It is the base of our hospital transport service and a home for liaising with medical teams and other cancer support organisations, specialist counselling sessions, and a range of wellbeing activities such as art, music and yoga. 

How Can We Support You?

Our support is shaped by listening to families and other professionals and will evolve as needs change. Here are some of the ways that we provide support.

A BREAK FROM THE HOSPITAL

However fabulous the doctors and nurses are, sometimes you need a change of scenery and a break from the hospital. If you need a wee bit of hospital-free time pop across the road to see us at the Howat Hub.

You can sit quietly, chat or when Scottish weather allows have a seat in our roof garden.

Laundry

When you have a child in hospital and you are at their bedside day in, day out, there isn’t much time, if any, to dash home to wash & dry a few things.

We can help. You can do some laundry at the Howat Hub, a few minutes walk from the hospital.

Events

Our priority is to keep families safe and unfortunately Covid has meant that our usual activities could not go ahead in 2021.

The Christmas party, the pantomime, football tickets and much more all fell victim to Covid again this year.

We are hopeful that 2022 will be better than 2020 & 2021.

join the CCLASP family

There is no fee, and registration is optional, but it will help us to help you. We need your information so that:

  • we can let you know what is happening
  • we understand your situation & needs
  • you know the most efficient way to contact us
  • together we can build a supportive, private CCLASP family group

 We will always treat you and your information with respect and you can unregister at any time.

Wellbeing

We currently work with others to help to support you and your family. There is online yoga and counselling and we are looking to increase what wellbeing services we offer, by listening to you.

Respite breaks

Our cottage in Perthshire is available for families of CCLASP who need a break but don’t want to travel too far. We cannot guarantee you sunshine, but the surrounding area is beautiful and there is a good variety of things to do for all the family.

Buzzies

We provide a Buzzy for each child requiring treatment at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh and Glasgow as a form of distraction therapy.

How you can support us?

There are many ways  that you can support us, from donating your time and expertise to donating a small or large sum of money in various ways to fundraising. The list of options is only limited by our imagination.

BECOME A FRIEND OF CCLASP

Becoming a Friend of CCLASP involves setting up a regular payment to CCLASP and saves you having to set a reminder. As a Friend of CCLASP you will get to hear about CCLASP news and events and, if you are an individual tax payer then your regular payment may well be eligible for Gift Aid, which increases the final donation that benefits the families of CCLASP.

Volunteer

An organisation like CCLASP needs a lot of reliable volunteers to support all the work that we do. We welcome volunteers with a variety of skills, knowledge and personal experience of the cancer journey to help us to deliver practical, emotional, back-office support and more, all tailor-made for those who need us. 

Donate / fundraise

There are so many ways to donate these days, but here are some ideas to help you.

  • Using your phone – text 
  • Using your phone – QR Code for our JustGiving page
  • Online banking transfer
  • Cheque
  • Leaving a legacy to CCLASP in your will
  • Becoming a Friend of CCLASP

latest news

Santa delivery to RHCYP

Santa took some time out of his busy schedule to hop on the CCLASP bus to pick up and deliver gifts and selection boxes to the children being treated at the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People (RHCYP) today. Covid restrictions meant that we were unable to...

Coffee Morning for CCLASP

Nicky's Coffee Lounge and takeaway, at The Bank of Dalkeith, is running a fundraising event for CCLASP on Saturday 18th December from 12pm to 3pm - coffee, cakes, Santa and more. If you are in the neighbourhood why not pop in and say hello.  Details are on Nicky's...

Christmas Message

2021 - Another "annus covidus" Well 2021 is drawing to close with Covid playing the Grinch once more. So many things have been cancelled again this year, not just for CCLASP, but we will continue to find ways to keep going (safely) despite the challenges. Since June...

Festive Hub

Thank you GP Plantscape for providing the beautiful tree, wreaths and garlands which have brought Christmas cheer to the Howat Hub. We are looking forward to working with them to give the rooftop garden a makeover in the first half of 2022.  

Thank you – Chris Ewing Karate

Chris Ewing Karate has kindly donated a huge number of selection boxes which we will distribute to children at the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People (RHCYP). We are hoping that Santa might give us a wee hand, but he is pretty busy just now, so we will...

Thank you – Johnston Smillie

CCLASP Centre Manager receiving a cheque for an amazing £1,000. Thank you Johnston Smillie Ltd for your generous donation.