Please note that all our group events are currently cancelled due to the threat of corona virus, the centre however remains open 09:00-16:00 Please call us on 01702 385101 if you are self-isolating and unable to visit but would like to talk to somebody

New to Cancer workshop

1st Friday of every month 10:00 - 12:00. booking recommended

This is a two hour workshop for patients and their families who are newly diagnosed with cancer. It is an opportunity to talk about the impact cancer has  had on life and covers the following:  Coping with side effects of treatment, emotional turmoil, worries about work and money, healthy eating, the benefits of exercise and copnig strategies.


Seated Yoga 

Every Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00, no booknig required

Please make sure you wear comfortable clothing.



1st Tuesday of every month at 11:00, no booking required

Come for Coffee and a Chat. This is a support group for patients and carers at any point during the cancer journey. We discuss topics such as fatigue, sleeping difficulties, managing strong emotions. If there is a topic you think we should raise, please let us know.


Active Life through Recovery

Every Thursday at 11:30 am at St Luke's Church Community Centre, booknig essential

An effective total body workout for patients who are on or recovering from cancer treatment and their carers. Sessions are for all abilities, vouchers offering six weeks of free sessinos are available in the Macmillan Centre, otherwise £4.00 per session. Call Active Life on 01702 567327 to book a place.


Active Thursdays

Every Thursday at 11:00, booking requried via a Macmillan Centre nurse.

This class is for patients living with incurable cancer who are not able to attend a regular exercise class. The format of the session is a mixture of relaxation and exercise with the exercise component being offered in 10 minute chunks.


Look good feel better - Pampering therapy

This is a workshop for women who are undergoing or have completed cancer treatment.  The workshop is run by trained beauticians and teaches participants skin care and make-up techniques with particular reference to managing changes in appearance due to cancer treatment.  It is an opportunity to spend an enjoyable session with other participants who are also on their cancer journey.

Booking is required.  Please arrive 15 to 30 minutes early to settle and grab a cup of tea or coffee.  We unfortunately cannot accommodate family or friends for these sessions.

Please contact us on to book or give us a call on 01702 385101.



Look good feel better - Skin fitness

This workshop is for men who are undergonig or have completed cancer treatment. The workshop is run by a qualified barber and beautician and participants learn about skin care and tips on shaving whilst undergoing chemotherapy.

Booking is required

Please contact us on to book or give us a call on 01702 385101.



This workshop  provides support and information to those affected by hair loss due to cancer treatment.

This workshop runs twice a month on a Monday 13:00-15:00. Please contact us on or call us on 01702 385101 to book a place.


Complementary Therapy

We are now offering volunteer-led complementary therapy sessions at the centre for patients and carers affected by cancer:  Acupuncture, reflexology and massage.  A course of treatments consists of four treatments which is free of charge but a donation is appreciated.

Please contact the centre on or call us on 01702 385101.


HOPE  (Help Overcome Problems Effectively)

Finishing cancer treatment can be a difficult time as patients expect to feel back to normal but might still find life difficult .This course aim to support patients to start planning for the future and life after cancer.  The course covers managing stress and fatigue, communication, intimacy, healthy eating, exercise and setting goals for the future.  It is a six weeks course with weekly 2.5 hour sessions. Please contact us if you would like more information about this course or to book a place.


Wig Service

This service is for patients who are experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment. Your clinician should refer you for this service but if you are unsure whether you have been referred or you have not been given an appointment please drop in to see us or call us. The wig fitter will help you choose a wig and order it for you, this wig is free to NHS patients.


Benefits Advice

You can speak to a benfits advisor on the Macmillan Cancer Support helpline on 0808 808 00 00 to find out what welfare benfits you might be entitled to.

You can also contact the local Citizens Advice Bureau

Southend Branch
1 Church Road

Tel: 0344 4770808

To book an appointment with a benefits advisor you need to attend the CAB in person.

Web:   Citizens advice Bureau