Your evolving cancer support services

After two years of disruption caused by Covid-19, we’re pleased to tell you that our Cancer Support Centres are open for drop-in sessions and face-to-face appointments. Please contact your nearest Support Centre for details. Your safety and wellbeing is our main priority, therefore many of our services are still available remotely, giving you peace of mind and flexibility.

We’re currently providing the following services. Keep an eye on the website for future updates:

  • Face to face appointments available by appointment. Please contact your local Support Centre
  • Support Centre phone lines available 10am-3pm Monday to Thursday
  • 1:1 befriender telephone calls or emails
  • Zoom befriending groups and catch ups
  • Telephone and online counselling
  • Telephone and online Reiki
  • Other therapy support groups such as our MENtalk group, dance and movement, yoga etc
  • Sing for Life sessions
  • Online community via our closed Facebook support group
  • Our Daisy Buses are running daily from the Southsea Hovertravel Terminal and Red Jet Southampton
  • We have many online videos guiding you through meditation, tai chi, yoga, self massages to ease Lymphedema and many more
  • Support lanyards if you’re feeling anxious about visiting shops, hospitals and using public transport
  • Articles and advice on coping with anxiety during lockdown
  • Signposting to specialist support such as financial/ benefits advice or support getting online
Telephone support service

We know that living with cancer can be tough and it’s been a particularly anxious time during Covid-19. Please do call your local Support Centre who will listen to your concerns and discuss how we can support you. You can find the opening hours and contact details below.

Your free transport services

If you live on the Isle of Wight or the Channel Islands, our free Daisy Buses are still running to help you get to your hospital appointments at Southampton General Hospital and Queen Alexandra Hospital. Covid-19 precautions are in place. Please continue to wear your face mask onboard.

Facebook cancer support group

We have a friendly Facebook support group. You can talk with others, share advice and information and talk about how you’re feeling.

Remote advice

We regularly update our website with support and activities you can do from your own home. These include videos and helpful advice, online streaming of classes and meditation and telephone counselling. Please contact your local cancer Support Centre for more information on classes and counselling.

Support Groups

Please contact your nearest Support Centre for details of our current support groups.

For more information on how to get involved with MENTalk and Sing for Life, please get in touch:

MENtalk Support Group

The group meets on Zoom every Monday and Wednesday at 10am, and in person at AFC Bournemouth on the first Thursday of each month. Please email bournemouth.centre@wessexcancer.org.uk for more information.

Sing for Life

If you’re interested in joining one of our Sing for Life choirs, please email singforlife@wessexcancer.org.uk

Your local shops

All our shops are open. Please click here to find your local one and view our opening hours.

This is Me Journal

We’ve also halved the price of our ‘This Is Me’ journal which has been designed to help you find a way through cancer that works for you personally. Copies are now £7.50 and can be ordered by emailing wct@wessexcancer.org.uk

Please be reassured that we’re still here for you. Please don’t wait, hoping things will get easier or think that others need support more than you. It’s what we’re here for.

 

Please follow official Government and NHS sites for the latest official advice about coronavirus.

Page updated 20 April 2022

Our Support Centre opening times and telephone numbers

Bournemouth Cancer Support Centre

Monday – Thursday
10am – 3pm
01202 315824

Chandler’s Ford Cancer Support Centre

Monday – Thursday
10am – 3pm
023 8051 6576

Isle of Wight Cancer Support Centre

Tuesday – Friday
10am – 3pm
01983 524186

Waterside Cancer Support Centre

Monday – Wednesday & Friday
10am – 3pm
023 8178 0409