Newsletter 11th June 2018

Published on: 11th June 2018
By Tracee Cossey



Hello Everyone


I do hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine. It promises to be a lovely week this week and judging by today, it seems very likely. Do remember, this weekend, Butterflies have a stand at Wool Carnival (Saturday, 16th June; the procession starts at around 11:30am).The stand will be in the playing fields after with lots of fun and games, live music and so on.


If you have any comments, suggestions or queries about the running of Butterflies, please do speak to me or email me. From now on, the second Tuesday of the month will be run by Roy, and the fourth Tuesday of the month by Julia from About Face.


We’d also like to thank Don for his ‘Gentle Touch’ input into Butterflies, he has now moved on to pastures new and will be greatly missed.


Regards Tracee xx

07591 110672/ 01305 753478



Our Meetings


At each meeting we always start with a good old chat and catch-up, along with tea/coffee and some lovely cake. 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.



  • Guided Relaxation with Hypnotherapist Corinne – 2nd Tuesday of the month. Corinne will hold a group relaxation at the start of the meeting for those that are interested. If you’d rather not join in you can stay in the main room and continue to chat. She will be available for one-to-one during the rest of the meeting.
  • Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Relaxation with Tracee and Paula – 4th Tuesday of the month


Julia and Roy from About Face take it in turns to come to our meetings to support people with head and neck cancer.


Have a look at the books in our library, which is in the middle room by the door to the garden, 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 etc. If you’ve got a book you’d like to donate to our library then please do.


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.






TOMORROW June 12th

2.30pm –  Ebi Sosseh, the new Equality and Diversity Officer for Healthwatch will be coming to talk about community investment projects. We have recently received a grant from Healthwatch.


Free Therapies:      Guided Relaxation with Corrine


June 26th

3pm – Jo Lee Dr Jo Lee is a GP and Life Coach and has had cancer herself.  She is going to speak about her own experience and her work with LYLAC (Live Your Life After Cancer) a life coaching based programme that helps people to find a way forward after being affected by cancer.  She'll also be happy to answer any questions you might have.


Free Therapies:      Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Relaxation with Tracee and Paula



THIS MONTH’S COFFEE MORNING IS JUNE 30th 11-1, HENDOVER’S CAFÉ, WEYMOUTH ROAD, DORCHESTER (The café with the green chairs outside on the way to Brewery Square, near the Chemist’s)


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Other News


About Face have started a new monthly support group. Their next meeting will be held on:


Thursday 5th July 2018

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: or you can text/ring her mobile on 07966905595.


Living With and Beyond Cancer. An event is being run by the Wessex Cancer Alliance on the 18th July 2018 In Southampton. The aim of the event is to bring together cancer patients, carers and healthcare professionals to listen to and share their experiences of cancer care and to ensure that people affected by cancer have access to the right level of information and support across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Please see the attached leaflet for more information.





Shining Light, a new support group in Wincanton, meets on Tuesday afternoons at the Balsam Centre from 2-4pm.

Contact Laurence Lawrence, Health Coach at the medical centre, tel: 01963 435700 option 4.


SCARS - Stalbridge Cancer & Recovery Support meets last Friday of the month 2-4pm at The Hub, Station Road, Stalbridge. Email: 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. I’ve stayed there a couple of times and loved it!


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.


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.


Live Better With Cancer is a very useful website with lots of products and ideas to make your life easier 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.


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 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.


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


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 ‪ 07430 695462.


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:

Tracee Cossey: 11th Jun 2018 09:00:00