Butterflies Newsletter 2nd January 2020

Published on: 2nd January 2020
By Tracee Cossey

Thursday, 2nd January 2020

*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.

Hello Everyone,

Can I begin by wishing you all a very Happy New Year and the hope that a new year brings. If you are keen on a resolution or two - then you could certainly take advantage of the 1610 sports centre offer which I have left in this newsletter also (under the news section). They reckon the number one resolution is always to get fitter...


We’ve got some great speakers and demonstrations lined up including Lucy Cribb from Healthwatch Dorset (22nd Jan) and Butterfly Conservation Dorset and Eucan’s Nigel Spring (29th Jan). We are going to talk all things Butterfly and see what we can learn from butterflies ????

We are proposing to have an early spring pub lunch in February or March 2020, much like we did last year – stay posted for details.

Kind regards

Email: traceecossey@gmail.com
Tel: 07591 100672/07766 576639

Our Meetings

At each meeting we always start with a nice 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.


  • 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.

Next Meeting:

Wednesday, 8th January 2020 – Chat, Catch-up and Activities session

Successive Meetings:

Wednesday, 15th January 2020 – Chat, Catch-up and Activities session

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020 – Lucy Cribb, Engagement Officer for Healthwatch Dorset

Wednesday, 29th January 2020 – Nigel Spring, Butterfly Conservation and EuCAN group

Wednesday, 5th February 2020 – Chat, Catch-up and Activities session

Wednesday, 12th February 2020 – Mary Tassell, herbalist

Do feel free to visit our website: www.butterfliescancersupport.co.uk

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1610 Sports Centre Wellness Works Memberships

What is it?
The Wellness Works membership is a programme aimed at helping to improve the health and wellbeing of people suffering from a variety of medical conditions or health risk factors, by supporting them to lead a more active lifestyle. Your healthcare professional can refer you to this programme which aims to provide you with the support and confidence you need to exercise safely, appropriately and independently. You will need a referral form or letter from a health care professional (ie GP, OT, Physio, Consultant, Cancer Nurse Specialist etc) or from a specific organisation (Stroke Club) or Live Well Dorset (only ID number required), etc.

What activities can you do?
Activities included in the programme are gym sessions, public swimming sessions, all studio classes and all aqua classes ad the Prama Move class (a circuit ideal for rehabilitation and low level exercise), but choice will depend on your individual health needs and your personal preference. A home programme or an outdoor programme can also form part of your suggested activities, so you are not restricted to just using the centre.

How long and what is required?
The programme is an initial commitment of 12 weeks. There will be format reviews over the first 12 weeks only at one month, two months, and three months. You should bring a list of your current medication/s (prescribed and over the counter) and any medication you may require on the day such as inhalers, GTN spray. You should wear loose comfortable clothing and flat shoes.

How much?
The joining fee is £10.00 (effective 1st October 2019). The cost of the Wellness Works membership is £27.00 per person, per month. If you use the gym, there is an additional one-off charge for the Wellness Key of £10.00 or you can download the MyWellness App to your phone to access equipment in the gym, which is free. Also, depending on when you start your membership, there maybe a pro-rata payment to pay when setting up your membership.

How can Butterflies help?
Butterflies can help with a subsidy towards your membership for the initial period of 12 weeks and ongoing beyond that at the discretion of the board. Just contact Dick Foad, our Chairman on 07792 637935 for more information. For a copy of the Wellness Works leaflet please email traceecossey@gmail.com

The form can be obtained by emailing Laura Spencer on lspencer@1610.org.uk or she can be contacted on 01305 858400 for more information.


About Face run a monthly support group. Their next meeting will be held on:

Thursday, 6th February 2020

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: contact@about-face.info or you can text/ring her mobile on 07966 905595.

*For more information on local events, please see the end of the newsletter.


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: contact.scars@gmail.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

Email: macmillan@dorchester.cabnet.org.uk

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 Sally-pizii@btinternet.com, Peter-mullinsp44@gmail.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 info@dccf.co.uk) 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

Dorchester Councillor Surgeries

First Saturday in every month, starting 4th Jan 2020, 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.

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.


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.




Tracee Cossey: 2nd Jan 2020 18:49:00