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Cambridge Cancer Help Centre is a supportive community for those with cancer and their family, carers and friends. You can drop in to chat to others over a hot drink, and also take part in a wide range of activity sessions, support groups, courses and complementary therapies.
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Cambridge Cancer Help Centre
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The Cambridge Cancer Help Centre is a friendly and supportive space which people at any stage of their diagnosis and treatment are welcome to attend, along with their family, carers and friends. At the heart of the Centre is a lounge area where you can spend time chatting with others over a hot drink. There are also various activity sessions to join, including arts and crafts, singing, and dance and fitness.
There are a number of support groups for people with specific cancers which you can join; most meet on a monthly basis. The Centre also runs small-group courses to help you develop coping strategies to manage your condition, including the six-week Hope Programme by Macmillan Cancer Support, which is run face to face, supported by the Hope Facilitators. Some of the other courses run online – if you are unfamiliar with using Zoom, the Centre can help talk you through how to use it.
The Centre offers complementary therapies, designed to help your mind and body relax. These include aromatherapy, hypnotherapy, massage and reflexology. The therapies are delivered one-to-one in private treatment rooms.
Cambridge Cancer Help Centre was founded in 1986 to give people with cancer and their carers an opportunity to meet, talk and socialise. They aim to be a safe haven of encouragement, friendship and mutual support.
The Centre is located in the David Rayner Building in the grounds of Scotsdales Garden Centre. It is the single-storey building beyond the lawn to the left of the main drive. The entrance is through the glass doors at the front of the building. Parking is in the large car park, shared with Scotsdales.
The Centre is currently open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Most activities are free of charge, including activity sessions, support groups and small group courses.
Those that access the Centre are asked to become members and make a voluntary annual donation.
If you have a session of complementary therapy, you are requested to make a donation wherever possible.