We understand that at this stage taking the decision to close our Cosham Support Centre may feel unsettling to those who rely on it for support. All of our current clients will have their package of care fulfilled before the Centre closes before the New Year. Anyone who would like to access support after this time will be able to use our other Hampshire-based services.  Locally, these include the Wessex Cancer Trust counsellor based in the Macmillan Centre at the Queen Alexandra Hospital and a Cosham-based support group that meets for singing and peer support. 

In 2014, just over 98,600 people in Wessex were living with cancer. By 2030, it is estimated that there will be around 164,700. Additionally, cancer survival rates have doubled. This means we need to evolve the way we look after people during and beyond treatment and keep them healthy after cancer.  This year, we also undertook a large scale piece of research in partnership with Bournemouth University. The aim of this was to build up a picture of local need by asking people living with cancer about their perception of cancer support in our region.     

After a period of consultation and planning, we have decided to introduce a new, structured model of care which will ensure our services are more efficient. This will enable us to provide support for the growing and diverse needs of people living with and beyond cancer, and help them in a more personalized way. More details of how we will be doing this will be released in the New Year. 

Wessex Cancer Trust was set up in 1981 with the sole purpose of providing emotional and practical support to local people living with cancer. Like every credible charity, we spend a considerable amount of time reviewing how best to meet the needs of the people we look after, whilst operating in a sustainable and financially responsible way. We currently have five Support Centres; one on the Isle of Wight, one in Dorset and three in Hampshire which together support over 10,000 people annually.   The Cosham Support Centre shares its home with our charity shop. The shop will close in 2020 as the lease for both properties come to a break. 

 

We would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to support our Cosham Cancer Support Centre over the years, and can assure all local people living with cancer that our purpose is to continue to be there for them through our other local services.