Butterflies Newsletter 1st October 2019
Published on: 2nd October 2019
By Tracee Cossey
BUTTERFLIES CANCER SUPPORT GROUP NEWSLETTER
Tuesday, 1st October 2019
*We meet every Wednesday at Dorchester Community Church, (next to the new Damers School, by the Great Field in Poundbury), Liscombe Street, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 3DF: from 2-4pm.
We’re gearing up for our next events, and we’re hoping to be present with a stall at the Christmas Cracker and Cerne Abbas Christmas Fayre this year, we are working on trying to book those in…(…it is now October and that Christmas countdown has begun!)
Hoping to see some of you this week at our meeting from 2-4pm.
This week’s rain has actually stopped for five minutes!
We have a trained counsellor who joins us, who comes to Butterflies on a Wednesday afternoon. Sessions are 1hr and usually last for at least 6 weeks. Lynne O’Brien is charging a reduced rate of £25p.h and funding is available if you need help meeting the cost - please speak to Rosa or Dick. To book a session, ring Lynne 07580 092388 You can view her website at: http://www.dragonfly-counselling.co.uk/
Tel: 07591 100672/07766 576639
At each meeting we always start with a good old chat and catch-up, along with tea/coffee and some lovely biscuits. At most of our meetings we either have one or two speakers (on a whole range of subjects, not always cancer related) or an activity of some sort such as Creative Writing.
FREE THERAPIES AT EVERY MEETING
- Aromatherapy and Reflexology with Tracee – every Wednesday of the month.
- Regular 1-1 consultations with Mary Tassell, herbalist
- Regular 1-1 meetings with counsellor Lynne O’Brien
Julia and Roy from About Face regularly attend our meetings to support people with head and neck cancer.
Have a look at the books in our library, which are held on the tables in the Community Church, they will be put out for us every week to view. They are free for anyone to borrow but please let me know so I can mark it as out on loan. We aim to provide as many books as possible covering the wide spectrum of cancer, from Macmillan information booklets, self-help books and nutrition, to “my story” etc. If you’ve got a book you’d like to donate to our library then please feel free – we’d greatly appreciate it.
Remember, as always, you're welcome to come and go as you wish and you don't have to join in any of the activities if they don't interest you. You may just want to come for a chat or one of our therapies. You may want to bring a friend or member of the family with you.
Wednesday, 2nd October – general chat and catch-up session with activities.
Wednesday, 9th October 2019 – general chat and catch-up session with activities.
Wednesday, 16th October 2019 – general chat and catch-up session with activities.
Wednesday, 23rd October 2019 – Sarah Cooper, Creative Writing from 2:15pm
Wednesday, 30th October 2019 – general chat and catch-up session with activities.
Wednesday, 6th November 2019 – general chat and catch-up session with activities.
Wednesday, 13th November 2019 – Mary Tassell, Herbalist
Wednesday, 20th November 2019 – general chat and catch-up session with activities.
Wednesday, 27th November 2019 – Sarah Cooper, Creative Writing from 2:15pm
Do feel free to visit our website: www.butterfliescancersupport.co.uk
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About Face run a monthly support group. Their next meeting will be held on:
Thursday, 3rd October 2019
At 7pm until 9pm
(arriving from 6.45 onwards)
In the downstairs sitting room
“The support group meetings will be held on the FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH at the About Face house. Initially the group will be led by Muriel Hall, Ann Copland and Shaun Wright. We want to use the downstairs lounge and kitchen as we are aware the stairs can be problematic for some.
Please can you let Jane know if you are likely to attend by return email or phone. Email Jane: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can text/ring her mobile on 07966 905595.
Cancer courses via Macmillan
Butterflies members and volunteers might be interested in attending one of the courses being run in the South West, if you need the prospectus please contact Tracee on email@example.com or tel 07766 576639. All courses are free, please enquire if you would be entitled to travel expenses.
The course titles are: Managing Difficult Conversations, Supporting Others Through Loss and Bereavement and Living Well, With and After Cancer. The dates commence from 28th March through to 22nd October
To apply for any of the courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION AND SUPPORT:
Carers’ lead at RMHC (Royal Manor Health Care), Portland A new carers’ lead for cancer support is available at RMHC Portland. The lead, Sheri Smith, is introduced to carers who are caring for relatives/loved ones. They do not have to live with them but if they are caring for their needs on a regular basis, they can register with Royal Manor Health Care, so they can receive support. Also, they can be given a signed consent to access medical records if necessary. RMHC then registers them with Social Services if they have no online facility.
Social Services contact carers to assess their needs and requirements. They are then offered support to both carer and patient, and give advice on other services available, including a local Carers group that meet once a month. This is not something carers HAVE to take up but its just nice to know it’s there if they need it. There are also Carer Packs at both RMHC’s surgeries with the information if referred to Sheri. She will then make contact and introduce herself.
SCARS - Stalbridge Cancer & Recovery Support meets last Friday of the month 2-4pm at The Hub, Station Road, Stalbridge. www.scarscancersupport.co.uk Email: email@example.com Tracy White 01963 548342. They also operate a Closed Facebook Page called SCARS. Tracy says that if anyone wishes to join they would be welcome. It is a confidential, member’s only group and she will authorise you to be added.
The Grove Hotel in Bournemouth If you, or anyone you know, would like a break in a safe environment with medical staff on hand and near the sea then please tell them about this brilliant hotel. Rosa has stayed there a couple of times and loved it! www.thegrovebournemouth.co.uk
Shine – cancer support for younger adults
Shine exists exclusively to support adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have experienced a cancer diagnosis. There is never a good time to have cancer, but we know that younger adults face different issues than their older or younger counterparts - and that many of these are not dealt with by traditional cancer support charities and services. www.shinecancersupport.org
There is a new way to contact the emergency services, in addition to calling them. It is now possible to send a text message to 999 in case of an emergency. This service can be particularly useful for when mobile signal is too poor to support a phone call or if the situation means you're unable to speak to an operator. However, in order to be able to use this service you need to register your mobile phone. To do this online, go to:
OR you can register using SMS
To register using SMS text messages you must:
1. Send the word 'register' in an SMS message to 999
2. You will then receive SMS messages about the service
3. When you have read these SMS messages reply by sending 'yes' in an SMS message to 999
4. You will receive a SMS message telling you that your mobile phone is registered or if there is a problem with your registration
Red Cross SUPPORT AT HOME service
Have you heard of this? They provide help for people coming out of hospital which could well be one of us or someone we know.http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Health-and-social-care/Independent-living/Support-at-home
Live Better With Cancer is a very useful website with lots of products and ideas to make your life easier livebetterwith.com/
http://www.creativity4wellbeing.com is a free art resource site “to encourage creativity in the community and purposeful activity for health and wellbeing”.
The Macmillan Citizens Advice Service provides advice on Welfare Benefit, Debt, Housing & Employment issues for people in Dorset affected by cancer. They offer advice for people affected by Cancer in Dorset. The service can provide a home visiting service and has part time advisers based in the Citizens Advice Bureaux in Dorchester, Sherborne, Weymouth & Wimborne. They also hold a drop in outreach service at Dorset County Hospital Williams Avenue Dorchester DT1 2JY on a Wednesday morning between 10 -12.
Telephone Mags on 08454 9000 42 Mon-Fri 10 – 3
Penny Brohn UK run a range of courses, groups and individual therapies designed to help you feel better and live better with cancer, its treatments and side effects.
Whether it’s learning about healthy food, coping with treatment side effects, or getting to grips with the emotional impact of cancer, we can help you find what you need right now. https://www.pennybrohn.org.uk/
BLEEPS AT FORTUNESWELL OUTPATIENTS DCH. Did you know that bleeps are now available to borrow at reception if you have to wait for test results, meds etc so you can go and have a break, relax at the coffee bar or restaurant? Do ask if this would help you and your family.
Something different: SOUTH WEST FISHING FOR LIFE (SWFFL) is an organisation which provides fly fishing sessions for women with breast cancer. The Dorset group meets at The Wrackleford Estate fishery Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9SN by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Pope. If you would like to go along for a chat and to see what they have to offer ring Gillian, secretary, 01398 371244 or Lead coach Clive 01202 699864.
A new SWFFL group has started - the Tolpuddle group who meet the 1st Thursday of the month at Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7H. If you would like to go along and meet the group please contact Lead coach Sallyfirstname.lastname@example.org, Peteremail@example.com, or ring Gillian 01398 371244
Other local cross-cancer support groups with whom we have close links:
Purbeck Workshop – FREE creative escapes for those touched by cancer – meets most weekdays in Wool. Lots of different creative activities to try with new ones added each month. To sign up for their monthly newsletter or for further details:www.purbeckworkshop.org
C-Siders, Weymouth & Portland cancer support group, meets on 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 7.30-9pm at the Wyke Smugglers Pub, Portland Road, Weymouth. Have a look on their website for a list of activities. Contact: Peter Meacham
The Living Tree meets every Friday at the Friends House in Bridport at 2pm. They have far too many FREE activities for me to list, so please see their website:
Tessa Murphy from Brain Tumour Support has sent through some useful information regarding disabled passes. (The first one looks good for not always having to carry proof of benefits receipt to confirm disability).
- National Disabled Identification Card:
- Merlin Pass – Disabled persons
- And finally, a similar idea for cinemas:
The Anti-cancer Club: It’s about Life. – You can sign up to the weekly newsletter here (or for more info):
Dorset Cancer Care Foundation
Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (tel: 07593 890879, email firstname.lastname@example.org) is helpful for anyone struggling financially due to cancer, they may be able to provide financial assistance.
Types of support DCCF provide include:
Transport and parking costs for treatment
Overnight accommodation during treatment
Household modifications (needed due to illness)
Days out for patients and their families
Domestic help (needed due to illness)
Respite holidays for patients
Specialist buggy or a child with cancer
Cost of child care whilst at appointments
Wigs and prosthetics
Other financial hardships.
DCCF also support Dorset-based cancer organisations for small research projects, local hospice meters and chairs, surgical bras for a hospice etc
For more details their website is http://www.dccf.co.uk
Tracee Cossey: 2nd Oct 2019 11:30:00