Events and virtual support

Coronavirus update:

During these difficult circumstances we know that our services supporting people with cancer are needed even more than ever.

We are doing everything we can to make sure that support continues to be available during this difficult time and to signpost you to the services that are available, both directly through the hospital, but also with our partners including Macmillan Cancer Support.

Many of these services are new, so your feedback about how easy they are to access and how useful you find them would be very welcome and will help to shape and improve these services.

We will continue to update this page according to what is available. Please see the information below and visit the Fern Centre website for more information about the support that is available to you.

Face to face events: currently on hold due to Covid-19.

Macmillan Virtual self-supported management programme (Helping Overcome Problems Effectively)  for people living with cancer

The programme is six weeks long, with each weekly sessions taking approximately  2 hours to complete at any time which is convenient to you. You can do the course on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Topics covered will include: • smarter goal setting • priorities and values • living positively with fears for the future • character strengths • physical activity • eating well • managing stress • coping with fatigue • finding things to be thankful for

To find out more and to register or to be added to the waiting list please visit the website below:

Cancer specialist exercise support (SafeFit)

SafeFit is a new and free remote service for anyone in the UK with suspicion of or confirmed diagnosis of cancer. Cancer exercise specialists can offer you advice, support and resources to maintain and improve physical and mental well-being. It has been developed as a collaboration between Macmillan Cancer Support, the CanRehab Trust and other partners.

For more information and to complete the self-referral form please see the link below:

Macmillan telephone buddy service

A free telephone buddy service is available for you. The service will match you with someone who understands what you’re going through, and they’ll give you a weekly call. Your volunteer buddy will be a listening ear, ready to talk about how you’re feeling and your support needs during this difficult time. For more information and to sign up, please see the link below:

Look Good Feel Better Virtual Workshops

At Look Good Feel Better are providing virtual confidence boosting Workshops to reach out to people living with cancer in their own homes.

Through interactive video technology, the service will bring together groups of 8-10 people online to give them the Look Good Feel Better experience.  The sessions are fun and informative and will be led by beauty trained professionals. They give people the chance to learn lots of new techniques to, chat to others and ask all the questions normally asked at one of our Workshops but from the comfort of your own home. For more information and to register your interest please see the link below:

Macmillan support line

The Macmillan Support Line offers confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones

This service is available 7 days a week, 8am-8pm on 0808 808 00 00.

There is also an online chat and email service. For more information about the services available please see the link below:

Last updated: August 14, 2020