Butterflies Newsletter 15th October 2018
Published on: 16th October 2018
By Tracee Cossey
BUTTERFLIES CANCER SUPPORT GROUP NEWSLETTER
We now meet every Wednesday at Dorchester Community Church, (next to the new Damers School), Liscombe Street, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 3DF: from 2-4pm
Well our relaunch at the new Community Church was a good success. I’ve attached a few photographs from the day. The new venue is lovely and so much easier to not have to do the teas and coffees and so on, as they are done for us ready for when we arrive ????. The raw chocolate demonstration was so interesting for me as Sue, our chocolate making lady, was using essential oils for her food – something I know a bit about and I’m quite interested in. #Warming - only some very concentrated oils are able to be used in food, so don’t try it unless you are specifically sure that they are okay for ingestion.
This Wednesday, (Wednesday, 17th October) we have speakers Muriel and Jane from About Face attending to talk to us. I will be there doing massage and reflexology in the therapies room to the side. I will be doing massage and reflexology from now on every week. Unfortunately, Corrine can no longer do the Guided Meditation on a Wednesday, but we thank her greatly for her help for the past few years.
See you Wednesday!
07591 110672/ 01305 753478
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.
FREE THERAPIES AT EVERY MEETING
- Aromatherapy and Reflexology with Tracee – every Wednesday of the month.
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 in a box 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 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.
Free Therapies: Reflexology and Massage with Tracee.
Wednesday, 17rd October 2018 – Muriel and Jane from About Face
Wednesday, 24th October 2018 – Mickey Cohen and Dick Foad and their time in Asia
Wednesday, 31st October 2018 – Tom, The Watercress Company
Wednesday, 7th November 2018 - Mary Tassell - a herbalist - will be talking about herbs and what is helpful to cancer sufferers.
Wednesday, 14th November 2018 – Creative Writing with Sarah Cooper from 2:15pm
THIS MONTH’S COFFEE MORNING IS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27th, 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), our Chair, Dick Foad will be running this coffee morning, so do come along and support him!
Visit our website: www.butterfliescancersupport.co.uk
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Please see a news item regarding a celebration of the life of The Living Tree’s Jo O’Farrell, Butterflies members are very welcome to attend.
Emma Scott, Community Engagement Officer at Dorchester Town Council has sent through a list of community information and opportunities. They are all listed below:
EVENTS, ADVICE, ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION
Dorset Volunteer Centre
The Volunteer Centre Dorset will be running an awards evening for volunteers nominated on the evening of 24th October.
Dorchester Disabled Club
The Dorchester Disabled Club keeps 2 minibuses in order to help other charities and retirement homes (in addition to their own members). These trips are made by their volunteer drivers but they need more drivers – with a D1 licence, who can help them during holidays and emergencies.
If you would like to volunteer for this great organisation, please contact Irene Calcutt on 01305 263085 or the Transport Manager Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org
NETWORKING & FUNDING
The Rotary Club of Dorchester would like to invite all local community and voluntary organisations to have a stall at their Autumn Fair on Saturday the 3rd November from 9.30pm-12.30pm.
For further information, including how to book a space, please see attached.
Other News Cont’d
About Face run a monthly support group. Their next meeting will be held on:
Thursday 4th October 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: email@example.com or you can text/ring her mobile on 07966 905595.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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! 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 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 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):
Tracee Cossey: 16th Oct 2018 09:16:00