Monday – Friday

Telephone or email befriending

Led by our Befrienders
Cost Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all patients and loved ones

All of our volunteers are trained to listen in a non-judgemental way and give you that much-needed space to talk about your concerns and needs. You can discuss your situation, medical treatment and any particular concerns you may have, as well as discussing some of the other therapies and services that are available to you.

Bournemouth
bournemouth.centre@wessexcancer.org.uk
01202 315824

Chandler’s Ford
chandlersford.centre@wessexcancer.org.uk
023 8051 6576

Isle of Wight
isleofwight@wessexcancer.org.uk
01983 524186

Waterside, Hythe
waterside.centre@wessexcancer.org.uk
023 8178 0409

Everyday

Facebook closed support group

Led by Wessex Cancer Trust staff, volunteers and clients
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all patients and loved ones

For many people with cancer, connecting with others provides emotional support and inspiration during a challenging time. It can also provide a vital support base for friends, family members and carers.

Joining our online community can make it easier to connect with others from the comfort of your own home. The closed group aims to provide a safe online discussion space for anyone who has been impacted by a cancer diagnosis, who is seeking support and advice. Posts in the group are visible to group members only, not any other Facebook friends.

The group is run and monitored by the Wessex Cancer Trust Services Team and are on hand with any questions you may have.

Click here to join our online support group

Monday

MENtalk

Time 10.00am
Led by
Luke Simpson luke.simpson@afcb.co.uk
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all male patients and male loved ones

Our support group is a community of people with a similar diagnosis or situation coming together to share knowledge, encouragement, and experiences.
Our male-only cancer support group could help you get peer support, gain knowledge, learn coping skills, hear from guest speakers. It can also simply be a place you can be yourself through this challenging experience and sit alongside others in the same situation.

Sound therapy

Time 10.30am
Led by
Sonja Gundry chandlersford.centre@wessexcancer.org.uk
Cost
Introductory price of £14 a month for weekly sessions
Appropriate for Open to all patients and loved ones

Come and join our qualified Sound Practitioner Sonja for a Live Sound Meditation Journey. A time of relaxation and escapism just for you where you can travel the world from your chosen place of relaxation. Sonja will bring in various sounds along the way to enhance your journey.

Yoga

Time 11.00am
Led by
Fiona Agombar chandlersford.centre@wessexcancer.org.uk
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all patients and loved ones

Online gentle yoga, suitable for beginners.

Coffee and Catch Up – Bournemouth Volunteers and Befrienders

Time 2.00pm
Led by
Steffi Colbert bournemouth.centre@wessexcancer.org
Cost
Free of charge
Appropriate for Open to all Bournemouth Support Centre volunteers


Tuesday

Qi Gong

Time 9.00am
Led by
Jenny Newman perfectsoundworld@hotmail.co.uk
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all patients and loved ones

Tai Chi Qi Gong for beginners. Focusing on posture and breathing these easy to learn movements encourage relaxation balance and grounding. They are designed for all ages and abilities. Each session ends with a reflective guided meditation. A great way to start your day.

Relaxation and Meditation

Time 1.10pm
Led by
Laura Evans laura.evans@wessexcancer.org.uk
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all patients and loved ones

This virtual group is for anyone wishing to take half an hour, or so, for themselves to listen to guided relaxation/meditation. It is for everyone, no experience necessary.

I will help anyone who’s interested to explore their ability to tap into their own vital energy and utilise this ability for relaxation and rejuvenation! There is always the option to just listen. Anyone can give it a try, there’s no pressure to join every session and group chat is kept brief to allow for a relaxing atmosphere. During the guided meditation participants video cams are switched off and microphones muted so that distractions are limited. It’s an informal and friendly atmosphere, often with small group numbers as not everyone can attend each time.

I encourage participants to be somewhere comfortable; this could be laying on a yoga mat, curled up in bed, on the sofa, in an armchair, out in the garden (although it’s a bit chilly for that now!) I encourage plenty of pillows and blankets for comfort and a glass of water nearby.

Coffee and Catch up – Chandler’s Ford Clients

Time 2.00pm
Led by
Jane Wooton chandlersford.centre@wessexcancer.org.uk
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to Chandler’s Ford clients

Check-in with others who are going through or have undergone treatment. Small supportive group and an opportunity to check in with others in a similar situation. We have a giggle and talk about anything and everything whilst always making time to check in on how the week has been for everyone.

Sing for Life

Time 2.00pm
Led by
Sue Edmonds (choir director) sue.edmonds@wessexcancer.org.uk
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all patients and loved ones

Our Sing For Life singing groups are therapeutic groups for cancer patients and their families/carers to come and sing each week with no pressure to perform, just to have fun, provide relaxation, support and meet like-minded people.

One of the best things about our groups is that there is no pressure to perform or even turn up every week. The Sing For Life Groups are intended for people living with or affected by cancer because Wessex Cancer Trust believes both music and a sense of belonging can be immensely healing.” – Sue Edmonds, Musical Director

Catch Up – Chandler’s Ford Befrienders, Staff and Volunteers

Time 3.00pm – Every other Tuesday
Led by
Jane Wooton jane.wooton@wessexcancer.org.uk
Cost
Free of charge
Appropriate for Open to all Chandler’s Ford Staff, Befrienders and Volunteers.


Wednesday

MENtalk

Time 10.30am
Led by
Luke Simpson luke.simpson@afcb.co.uk
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all male patients and male loved ones

Our support group is a community of people with a similar diagnosis or situation coming together to share knowledge, encouragement, and experiences.
Our male-only cancer support group could help you get peer support, gain knowledge, learn coping skills, hear from guest speakers. It can also simply be a place you can be yourself through this challenging experience and sit alongside others in the same situation.

Gentle Movement to Music

Time 11.15am
Led by
Natasha Tobin natobin@rocketmail.com
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all patients and loved ones

A slow and easy dance-based stretching class. All you need is a chair! Beautiful music – classical, baroque and some happy show stuff. Comfy Clothes – don’t worry about having 2 left feet! This is about relaxation and forgetting all the things going on around you and enjoying yourself. We have a lovely supportive group to dance with.

Coffee and Catch Up – Bournemouth Clients

Time 2.00pm
Led by
Steffi Colbert bournemouth.centre@wessexcancer.org
Cost
Free of charge
Appropriate for Open to all Bournemouth Support Centre clients

Sing for Life

Time 11.00am
Led by
Sue Edmonds (choir director) sue.edmonds@wessexcancer.org.uk
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all patients and loved ones

Our Sing For Life singing groups are therapeutic groups for cancer patients and their families/carers to come and sing each week with no pressure to perform, just to have fun, provide relaxation, support and meet like-minded people.

One of the best things about our groups is that there is no pressure to perform or even turn up every week. The Sing For Life Groups are intended for people living with or affected by cancer because Wessex Cancer Trust believes both music and a sense of belonging can be immensely healing.” – Sue Edmonds, Musical Director

Yoga

Time 6.00pm
Led by
Fiona Agombar chandlersford.centre@wessexcancer.org.uk
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all patients and loved ones

Online gentle yoga, suitable for beginners.

Coffee and Catch up – All Clients

Time 6.30pm
Led by
Ann and Leanne ann.mcdonald@wessexcancer.org.uk
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all patients and loved ones

Check-in with others who are going through or have undergone treatment. Small supportive group and an opportunity to check in with others in a similar situation. We have a giggle and talk about anything and everything whilst always making time to check in on how the week has been for everyone.


Thursday

Coffee and Catch up – For bereaved, carers and patients

Time 10.30am
Led by
Jane Wooton chandlersford.centre@wessexcancer.org.uk
Cost
Free of charge
Appropriate for Open to all patients and loved ones

For bereaved, carers and patients. Join us for a light conversation in a supportive environment whilst making time to check in with one another.

Sing for Life

Time 11.00am
Led by
Sue Edmonds (choir director) sue.edmonds@wessexcancer.org.uk
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all patients and loved ones

Our Sing For Life singing groups are therapeutic groups for cancer patients and their families/carers to come and sing each week with no pressure to perform, just to have fun, provide relaxation, support and meet like-minded people.

One of the best things about our groups is that there is no pressure to perform or even turn up every week. The Sing For Life Groups are intended for people living with or affected by cancer because Wessex Cancer Trust believes both music and a sense of belonging can be immensely healing.” – Sue Edmonds, Musical Director

Tai Chi Qi Gong

Time 11.00am
Led by
Jenny Newman perfectsoundworld@hotmail.co.uk
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all patients and loved ones

Tai Chi Qi Gong for beginners. Focusing on posture and breathing these easy to learn movements encourage relaxation balance and grounding. They are designed for all ages and abilities. Each session ends with a reflective guided meditation. A great way to start your day.

Coffee and Catch Up – Waterside Volunteers and Befrienders

Time 4.00pm (every other Thursday)
Led by
Wendy White wendy.white@wessexcancer.org.uk
Cost
Free of charge
Appropriate for Open to all Waterside Support Centre volunteers


Friday

MENtalk

Time 10.30am
Led by
Luke Simpson luke.simpson@afcb.co.uk
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all male patients and male loved ones

Our support group is a community of people with a similar diagnosis or situation coming together to share knowledge, encouragement, and experiences.
Our male-only cancer support group could help you get peer support, gain knowledge, learn coping skills, hear from guest speakers. It can also simply be a place you can be yourself through this challenging experience and sit alongside others in the same situation.

Talk and Meditation

Time 11.00am
Led by
Jenny Newman perfectsoundworld@hotmail.co.uk
Cost
Free of charge any donations gratefully received
Appropriate for Open to all male patients and male loved ones

Interactive talk and meditation. Starting with a general “How are we?” chat then a topical question to ponder focusing on positivity we then finish with a guided meditation.

Page last updated – 16 November 2020

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