Butterflies Newsletter 1st December 2019
Published on: 2nd December 2019
By Tracee Cossey
BUTTERFLIES CANCER SUPPORT GROUP NEWSLETTER
Sunday, 1st December 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.
As we hit December and things hot up for Christmas, do come and support our stall or look out for us at the Christmas Cracker event this coming Thursday, 5th December in the Corn Exchange, the Christmas Cracker event opens from about 4pm onwards (lights at 6:30pm).
On Wednesday, 18th December we are having an Introduction to Dowsing by Ann, one of our members. As Christmas Day falls on a Wednesday, as does New Year’s Day, we’ll be opening our doors again on Wednesday, 8th January 2020.
We all hope you have a love festive spell and come back feeling a bit refreshed. Later in January/February we’re hoping to have a subsidised pub lunch out like we did last year - to brighten the after-Christmas lull.
Tel: 07591 100672/07766 576639
At each meeting we always start with a good 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
Aromatherapy and Reflexology
Tracee Cossey attends weekly to give massage and reflexology to members. She has worked in a chemo unit in Bedfordshire for three years and has a degree in Complementary Therapies. You can see her website here: http://www.ametrineholistics.net – to book on for the day, there is a first-come, first-served basis sheet on the table where we meet where you can sign to say what you’d like.
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/
Herbalist Mary Tassell attends regularly to do 1:1 consultations for specific queries.
Mary has been working as a qualified herbalist for 23 years and is experienced in working with cancer patients.
For more information please visit Mary’s website at: http://www.tassell.net/
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, 4th December 2019 – Chat, Catch-up and Activities session
Wednesday, 11th December 2019 – Chat, Catch-up and Activities session
Wednesday, 18th December 2019 – Ann, Introduction to Dowsing
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, 5th December 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.
*For more information on local events, please see the end of the newsletter.
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
Information below supplied by Emma Scott, Community Development Officer, Dorchester Town Council.
Events & Activities
Sunninghill PTFA Christmas Fayre
A Christmas Fayre on December 5th from 7pm onwards with mulled wine, canapés and music. Tickets are £3 each and are available from Sunninghill. For more information please see the attached flyer.
The New Hardy Players – “Christmas in the Courtroom”
On December 12th and 13th Dorchester Poverty Action will present The New Hardy Players performing their and hilarious "Christmas in the Courtroom".
Mrs Goodenough, Toad of Toad Hall, and the Fordington Mummers are just some of the miscreants in the dock of the historic Shire Hall Courtroom.
All details are on the attached poster.
Dorchester Councillor Surgeries
First Saturday in every month, at the Dorchester Library from 10am – 12pm.
A mix of three Councillors from the Dorset Council and Dorchester Town Council will be at the Library on the above dates for you to meet and ask questions. It is your chance to meet the people who are representing you, to raise local issues and tell them your good ideas. See attached poster for more information.
Dorchester Beerex 2020
The 32nd Dorchester Beerex will be on the 7th and 8th February. Tickets are on sale from 1st December and all proceeds will be in aid of local charities and good causes. See the attached poster for more information.
The Dorchester Beerex team also have a number of brand new un-used ½ pint beer glasses that they are willing to donate to any good cause that might have a use for them. They will be given out first come first served until they are gone – please contact me directly if you would like some of these.
Rattle Snake - Watch Online
25 November - 10 December 2019
Spine tingling and visceral, Rattle Snake will literally take your breath away. An epic tale based on real life stories of women who have faced and survived coercive controlling domestic abuse. Starting on the UN Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women and continuing for 16 days of activism, watch Rattle Snake online for free from 25 November – 10 December 2019 and share with colleagues, friends and family to help raise awareness of coercive control. The Open Clasp team are encouraging screenings in community centres, workplaces, youth clubs, arts centres, pubs and clubs as well as organisations embedding the film on their website and/or promoting on social media. Please go to www.openclasp.org.uk/productions/rattle-snake-online
You can also attend a free screening courtesy of Relate Dorset & S. Wiltshire who will be showing the film on Tuesday 26th November at 10.00 am at their Dorchester offices in Poundbury at 2 Poundbury Business Centre, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 3WA. If you would like to attend, please confirm with them directly by emailing Centre.Manager@relatedorset.org.uk or by calling 01305 268690.
DWP Swish Event
Fancy revamping your wardrobe?
Dorset Waste Partnership invite you to be part of their swishing event on Wednesday 11th December from 4.30pm - 6.30pm. What's a Swish event?
• Bring clothes and accessories cluttering your wardrobe that you love but don’t wear
• Take home some new items for FREE!
• Completely free, just bring a max of 10 good quality items of men’s, women’s or children’s clothes and accessories
• Drop your clothes at Dorchester Library 10 am –12pm or County Hall reception between 7.30am— 9.30am on the day.
See the attached poster for more information.
Dorchester Community Lunch
You are invited to attend my Community Lunch on 13 December, at the Town Hall, from 12.30pm-2:00pm.
A free buffet lunch will be provided.
The event will showcase some of the wonderful projects in our town running food projects and helping people in poverty.
See attached email for more information – and email me directly to reserve a place.
Shire Hall Events
Shire Hall have an exciting programme of events for you to take part in this December. From a Piratical Rum Night, to Family Christmas Film Club, with a chance to watch some festive favourites, there is something for everyone! For more information go to http://shirehalldorset.org/whats-on
Dorset Community Foundation
Two grant programmes have opened. The Neighbourhood Fund is for local issues and the Graham Burrough Fund is for mental health.
Both grants are for £500 to £5,000 and they both close on 15 January 2020. Please click this link for more information on the grants and applying for them: https://www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org/apply-for-a-grant/grants-for-groups
DCF are also asking people to donate their winter fuel allowance if they don’t need it, to support other older people living in fuel poverty.
Please go to https://localgiving.org/appeal/SWA/?dm_i=1Z6W,6KXJ1,QU2BXF,Q6IO1,1 to find out more.
Grants will be dispersed through local Citizen Advice Bureaus.
Information, Advice & Consultation
Free Safeguarding Resources and Information
A suite of free online resources launched this month, outlines simple steps that voluntary organisations can take to ensure that they are run in a way that actively prevents beneficiaries, staff and others from suffering harm, harassment, bullying, abuse and neglect.
Link to resources: https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/safeguarding
Alcohol Education Trust – The Great Field
The AET have now raised enough funds to begin building a bespoke community space, café and head office on the Great Field, Poundbury. They aim to start building in Spring 2020 and open in late Summer 2020 and this would not be possible without the amazing support of the local community.
Please read more about the vision and plans here: https://alcoholeducationtrust.org/pavilion-in-the-park/
Dorset Council Corporate Plan
(survey closes 20th December)
Dorset Council has published the Dorset Council plan which sets out their ambitions for the next four years.
It covers five key priorities and incorporates the political vision of your new councillors.
To view the plan and add your comments please go to:
Tracee Cossey: 2nd Dec 2019 12:07:00