Local cancer centres and individual sites
Wessex Cancer Trust
Cancer centres offering free informal drop ins, counselling, complimentary therapies and much more in Waterside, Chandler’s Ford, Isle of Wight, Cosham, Bournemouth, Salisbury www.wessexcancer.org.uk. Support for men is also available here.
Men's Sheds Association provides community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of men to enjoy together. They help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, they’re fun.
Jane Scarth House
A Romsey cancer centre offering free emotional and practical support. Find out more on their website or call 01794 830374.
The Coates Centre
Set in the grounds of Oakhaven hospice, Lymington, the Coates Centre provides information and support to members of the community whose lives have been impacted by illness. Visit their website or call 01590 677198.
The Pink Place and The Blue Space, Basingstoke
The Pink Place is a registered charity providing free wellbeing services and support to adults affected by cancer. Visit their website or call 07899 970841.
Maggie’s Cancer Centre
At Maggie’s you can talk to and be supported by a range of professionals. Their 22 centres are staffed by cancer support specialists, benefits advisors, nutritionists, therapists and psychologists, all providing support in whichever way best suits you. The Southampton site is currently being developed, you can find more about the centres on the Maggie's website.
Some people like to share experiences with other people who have cancer in online forums or just look to see what others are saying. Macmillan and Cancer Research UK have regularly monitored forums:
The Swallows Southampton Group
This group, run by The Swallows Head & Neck Cancer Support Charity, is an online support group for patients and their family in the Southampton area, affected by a diagnosis of head and neck cancer.
They provide local information and support, including monthly meetings for patients and carers.
Join the group on Facebook here