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Events

We run a number of events at the centre, see below for details and booking information

The Calming Experience

Every Tuesday 09:30 - 10:30, no booking required

6 week rolling programme focusing on learning and practicing self help techniques around relaxation, anxiety and feeling confident. You can join the course at any point and can revisit a topic.

Seated Yoga 

Every Wednesday 10-11am at the centre. Please make sure you wear comfotable clothing.

Elevenses

1st Tuesday of every month at 11am, 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.

New to Cancer workshop

2nd Tuesday of every month at 11:00 am, no booking required

Workshop for newly diagnosed patients and their carers to find out how cancer and its treatment might affect life and how to cope with it, as well as what support services are available.

Live Active

Every Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 am

Weekly session to support patients reaching appropriate exercise goals. Call us if you would like more information, no booking requried.

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 macmillan.centre@southend.nhs.uk to book or give us a call on 01702 385636.

Web: http://www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk/

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 macmillan.centre@southend.nhs.uk to book or give us a call on 01702 385636.

Headstrong

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 macmillan.centre@southend.nhs.uk 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  macmillan.centre@southend.nhs.uk or call us on 01702 385101.

Active Life Through Recovery

Exercise programme for cancer patients provided by Active Life. Thursdays 11.15 at St Lukes Church Community Centre, Southend SS2 4AB.  The sessions are free but pleae book a place on 01702 567327

Walking Football

Every Saturday 11.00 - 12.00 alternate weeks at Rayleigh Leisure Centre and Clements Hall. Cost £3.00.  For further information please contact Steve Dowding on 07821 648644 steve.dowding@hawkwellfc.com

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 make a booking.

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.

Carer Support Services

Supporting a patient with cancer can be a demanding task, there is support available to carers. Talked to us  to find otu more or contact Kelly Miller, Southend hospital's Carer Support Worker on 07543 197736 or email kelly.miller@carersfirst.org

Benefits Advice

There is a Macmillan Welfare Benefits Service you can contact on 0800 019 6065 or email macmillan@colchester.gov.uk. You can also refer yourself on-line at www.colchester.gov.uk/macmillanreferral/

You can also contact the local Citizens Advice Bureau

Southend Branch
1 Church Road
Southend-on-Sea
SS1 2AL

Tel: 01702 610610

Web:   Citizens advice Bureau