Butterflies Newsletter 18th February 2020
Published on: 18th February 2020
By Tracee Cossey
BUTTERFLIES CANCER SUPPORT GROUP NEWSLETTER
Tuesday, 18th February 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.
Last week we had Mary Tassell, the herbalist come to Butterflies and we had a wonderful time tasting her teas. We learned how to treat ourselves with the herbal teas that you can infuse yourself. There were several teas we tried including: lemon balm; mint; chamomile and fennel. Mary explained that a lot of these teas are available in your own back garden as the plants are so commonplace and easy to grow. Mary will attend Butterflies again several times before the end of the year so if you have any specific questions or concerns please do feel free to come.
Also, another regular speaker/facilitator is Sarah Cooper who will be back in place very soon to do creative writing, once she has finished repairing her farm after Storm Dennis which wreaked some havoc.
We have booked a Spring lunch for the last week of March, so stay tuned for more details. It be in a pub and subsided on a 2-for-1 deal. Time and venue to be confirmed ????
And this is a temporary goodbye from me as I have a new job (temporary, but necessary) and I won’t be able to come to Butterflies to do massage and reflex for at least until the summer – so please, if you know of any other therapists that might be able to step in, please email Rosa on email@example.com or text her on 07737 234066
Tel: 07591 100672/07766 576639
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.
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, 19th February 2020 – chat, catch-up and activities session
Wednesday, 26th February 2020 – chat, catch-up and activities session
Do feel free to visit our website: www.butterfliescancersupport.co.uk
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Call for ideas for speakers, therapists and donations
Butterflies Cancer Support Group has a street stall on Saturday, 14th March 2020, at the United Church in South Street, Dorchester. Please, if you are able, we'd like some contributions for helping us with memorabilia to sell. If you are good at making cards, crocheting, or any other crafts, that would be great. Just message us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange collection/delivery. Thanks in advance if you can help!
Also, we're on the lookout for new ideas for speakers you'd like to see, any therapists that might be able to help out at Butterflies on a Weds afternoon and visits of places you'd like to go. Please again message us on email@example.com with any thoughts you have.
About Face run a monthly support group. Their next meeting will be held on:
Thursday, 5th March 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: 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:
Forum Otters Cancer Support meets every second Thursday of the month from 2-4pm in the Woodhouse Memorial Gardens Pavilion in Blandford Forum, they can be contacted on 07561 114644.
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
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.
‘Im and ‘Im Folk and Fun Evening
Friday 21st February 7.30pm, St Peter’s Church Dorchester
An entertaining evening with songs, poems and a buffet supper. Tickets are £10 each. Please see attached poster for more details.
Charity Spring Fair
Saturday 14th March 9.30am-12.00, United Church Dorchester.
Lost of small charities will be raising money for their own causes. There will be plenty of stalls and refreshments available. Please see the attached poster.
Advice, Grants, Information and Projects
LiveWell Dorset Forum
LiveWell Dorset supports people to become more active, lose weight, quit smoking, or drink less alcohol. Every adult in Dorset can receive free healthy living advice and coaching through this service. The sign-up for their forums to shape their services are now ready. Please follow this link for more information: https://www.livewelldorset.co.uk/forum/
Voluntary & Community Sector Grants Review Consultation
Please complete on behalf of groups or as a local resident.
Follow the link below which will take you to the digital version of the Voluntary Community Sector Grants Review consultation information and survey which is now open for comment. The consultation process will close on the 11 March 2020.
This is a real chance to put your views about how you think Dorset Council will manage their funding for the sector after the 2020-21 and also a chance to comment on the possible criteria for the new grants programmes, so every reply is very important in influencing the decision makers. https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/your-council/consultations/consultation.aspx?consult=159a88ce-e8e9-430d-9348-d5e229212c37
Tracee Cossey: 18th Feb 2020 03:50:00