New venue for Andover cancer wellbeing support

Our free cancer wellbeing sessions that currently take place in Andover’s Wellington Centre (Purple Oak Support) are moving to the Health Hub in the Chantry Centre.

Anyone affected by cancer can simply drop in, have a cup of tea and chat with a member of our team about how they’re feeling.

Sessions at the Wellington Centre will finish on Tuesday 4th April with an Easter craft morning. We’ll then be at the Health Hub every Tuesday between 10am and 1pm from 25th April.

One in two of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives and the service offers a safe space for anyone affected by cancer and their loved ones. You may have cancer yourself, be supporting someone with cancer, or be bereaved.

We currently provide a range of wellbeing services at our four support centres in Chandler’s Ford, Bournemouth, Hythe and Newport on the Isle of Wight. Andover was identified as an area where there is a lack of cancer support and where more provision would benefit local people.

Colette Cowan, our Head of Services, says she understands taking the first steps to cancer support can be daunting:

“Living with cancer can be really tough and you may be experiencing thoughts and feelings you’re not used to. Maybe you’d like to have a chat with someone outside of your main circle of friends and family. Our drop-in sessions are a really informal opportunity to come along and chat with a member of our team about how you’re feeling. Whatever you’re going through, we’re here for you.”

Our client, Simon, is encouraging people to keep an open mind about accessing support:

“I guess you could say I’m a bit of a hard-nosed professional, but I don’t feel I have to tell myself to keep my chin up and get on with it. Cancer is a completely different ball game and I’m open-minded to the support I can access. Wessex Cancer Support’s team are all kind souls and you can simply just sit and be if that’s what you need. The worst that can happen is that you’ll have a cup of tea and a biscuit with someone lovely. What do you have to lose?”

The sessions will be held at the Health Hub, Chantry Centre, Andover, SP10 1RL. We’d love to hear from volunteers who would like to support the wellbeing sessions. If you can help, please contact katie.davies@wessexcancer.org.uk.

If you can’t make the sessions, but would like to find out more, visit www.wessexcancer.org.uk, call 023 8051 6576 or email careteam@wessexcancer.org.uk