Support Groups

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is dedicated to supporting people whose lives are touched by cancer. As well as providing holistic therapies, we also have a number of Support Groups where you can meet and talk to others who understand what you are going through.

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is working with some fantastic organisations to ensure that those touched by cancer are able to access emotional support through a variety of groups, workshops and courses.

Men’s Group (every first Thursday of the month)

Come along for an informal drop in for men who currently or have previously had a cancer diagnosis, or are caring for someone living with cancer. Pop in for a bacon roll and a cuppa.

While men represent 51% of people diagnosed with cancer, we know they find it harder to talk about it. They might worry about how their diagnosis will affect loved ones, have questions about work, symptoms or even money worries.

The sessions which will take place every first Thursday of the month from 10am to 12pm at our Mid Essex Support Centre in Hatfield Peverel, are to encourage men and their peers to talk about going through the issues of either having cancer or being directly affected by cancer.

For more information please contact our Mid Essex Support Centre on 01245 382888. 

Ladies Group (every third Friday of the month)

Come along for an informal drop in for ladies who currently or have previously had a cancer diagnosis, or are caring for someone living with cancer. Coffee, cake and crafts provided too!

We are looking forward to welcoming our clients to our Ladies Group at our Mid Essex Support Centre in Hatfield Peverel from 10am – 12pm and have had a lot of interest so please be aware it may be busy.  Our parking is limited at the Centre so please if you can utilise the Duke of Wellington Pub car park (let them know your registration number and you are attending HRCC) or the car park across from the Blue Strawberry behind the shops – you will need to get a ticket.  

If you are interested in the craft aspect of the morning, we also encourage you to bring any craft that you may have started but not yet finished, or want to start!

For more information please contact our Mid Essex Support Centre on 01245 382888. 

Look Good, Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better workshopLook Good Feel Better now offer online workshops to help improve the self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing of those undergoing treatment for any sort of cancer.

Their informative sessions are available upon request, along with 8-10 other people on a similar journey to you. Take a look at their latest information leaflet here… LGFB020 – General Leaflet

For more information, or to book into a Look Good Feel workshop email info@lgfb.co.uk call 07545 551531 or visit their website www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk 

Art Therapy Group – North Middlesex Hospital

ARTFounded by one of our clients, artist Zohreh Moftizadeh, the Art Therapy Group runs at our London Support Centre in North Middlesex University Hospital.

The support group is open to anyone who would like to come along and make friends while having a go at creating some lovely artwork – no previous artistic skills needed!

If you would like to attend the Art Therapy Group, you are welcome to drop-in, or for more information call our London Support Centre on 020 8887 2408.

Yoga Sessions

YogaFriend of the charity Sarah from The Wellness Barn is providing additional support to Helen Rollason Cancer Charity by kindly allowing free access to her Yoga Classes on Tuesdays at 11.45am and Fridays at 11.15am. 

All Helen Rollason Cancer Charity supporters, clients and volunteers are welcome. To take part text Sarah on 07306 517000 and she will give you access to her online class. To help cover the cost of the class we would really appreciate if you could make a donation to our urgent fundraising appeal.

Mindfulness Sessions

Mindfulness

Weekly online mindfulness sessions are available to aid the recovery of the body and mind post treatment.

These sessions will commence on Wednesday 10th March from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Each group of 5 clients (max) will be able to access 4 sessions.  This is a short introductory course with hints and tips on looking after yourself.

Our sessions are run by Jodie Burdett via GoogleMeets; to book your place please email kate.alden@helenrollason.org.uk

Pilates Sessions

PilatesHeather Oakes from Pilates Specialist is our regular and highly qualified Pilates tutor who is now offering online classes specifically for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity clients. Heather is kindly subsidising her normal class fee for us but we would ask for a donation of £10 per month to support the classes.

Her sessions take place every Friday from 11.15am – 12pm. If you would like to get involved please donate online ensuring you put your full name and the word ‘Pilates’ in your description. Before the class we will need you to fill in a short screening form Heather will then send you the link to access the classes. For more information you can contact Heather via email heatheroakes1@gmail.com

Essex Melanoma Support Group

This friendly group gets people together in a welcoming environment with the opportunity to share experiences. There is also a program of professional speakers who kindly give up their time to talk to the group. They also welcome carers, family and friends of anyone who has been affected. The group meet on the last Thursday of each month at the Helen Rollason Research and Development Centre, at the rear of Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

If you would like to attend the Essex Melanoma Support Group please contact Anne via e-mail anne201252@gmail.com or Tracey Camburn on 01245 516599.

Ovarian Support Group

This group meets at the Mid Essex Centre on the first Tuesday of each month from 12-2pm. A friendly supportive group, with a CNS available to answer your questions. Please feel free to just turn up.

For more information on this Support Group please contact Hazel Keane on email: hazel.keane@helenrollason.org.uk or call 01245 382888.

Relaxation Sessions

Jodie Burdett will kindly be hosting Relaxation Sessions once a month starting on Monday 8th March and thereafter from 7.30-8pm.

This is an open session for anyone to access who is looking for 30 minutes to just stop and take a little time for themselves.

Access the classes here…

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5439896725?pwd=dEovdldFanp1SHhaRzd4aXArWFdhQT09
Meeting ID: 543 989 6725
Passcode: HRCC

Finishing treatment at your hospital can sometimes mean leaving behind the routine and support you have become used to. It may have left you feeling like you are on your own. But you’re not alone. Moving Forward Online is here to support you in adjusting to life after treatment.

Open all day every day, the course will give you the chance to share your experiences in a supportive environment, get tips from breast cancer experts and connect with others in a similar situation. Whether it’s support managing physical and emotional changes or improving general wellbeing, this course helps you move forward with your life.

Topics include:

  • nutrition and breast cancer
  • activity and energy
  • managing menopausal symptoms
  • lymphoedema
  • breast and body awareness
  • emotional and psychological well-being
  • adjusting and adapting after treatment

    You can virtually interact with others on the course by posting comments and questions and if you wish to join our live ‘meet and greet’ and ‘ask our nurse’ sessions you will be able to meet people going through similar experiences along with staff and volunteers from Breast Cancer Now.

The course is open to people who have had a primary breast cancer diagnosis and have finished their hospital-based treatment within the last two years.

To register to join the course please complete their online registration form. Alternatively, if you have any questions about the course you can contact us on movingforward@breastcancernow.org or 0345 077 1893.

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