Butterflies Newsletter 1st February 2019

Published on: 2nd February 2019
By Tracee Cossey



BUTTERFLIES CANCER SUPPORT GROUP NEWSLETTER
Friday, 1st February 2019

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.

Hello Everyone,

Hope you are all enjoying the snow today, even though it is melting fast. My daughter had a lovely time trying her first sledging experience on the hills. She even made her snow picture into a blog in the local paper ????

We’ve recently had a really great speaker – Jon Parvin from Healthy Homes Dorset - and we’ll be sharing with you some great tips and tricks for saving money in the home very soon. Roy Dean from About Face is currently putting together a crib-sheet with information for you all, based on Jon’s talk to the group.

We’ve got a whole host of speakers lined up for the next few months so please see our website or below information on page 2 (in blue) for more information on who will be present. I confess to having a passion for Bach Flower Remedies and hopefully will attend that speech myself next Wednesday (6th Feb) too...

Butterflies has had some exciting donations recently – both in the form of Crafty Gift Boutique and as Goulds’ department store chose us as their charity of choice for the year, we’ve a fantastic donation soon to come. It gives the group scope to do a lot more for members and we are currently planning some trips and new ventures.


We’re currently populating a new website page of ‘My Story’ (journey stories about members’ experiences of cancer) so if anyone would like to write something to go on it with a picture please do let me know. If you really struggle with writing, do contact me because I can probably help turn it around into something tangible.

Onwards and upwards!

Regards Tracee

07591 110672/ 01305 753478

traceecossey@gmail.com

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.

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 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.

Free Therapies:         Reflexology and Massage with Tracee.

Next Meeting:

Wednesday, 6th February 2019 - Pauline Wickens - Bach flower remedies

“Pauline Wickens, BFRP and Founder of www.chrysalishealingfoundation.co.uk, will introduce us to the Bach Flower Remedies, a simple system of self-healing, focusing on the individual’s personality and emotions, and which seeks to reveal our innate emotional wisdom by gently restoring balance, harmony and well-being”.

Successive Meetings:

Wednesday, 13th February 2019 - Anna Serkowska - Livewell Dorset
Wednesday, 20th February 2019 - Victoria Gray - New DCH Cancer Exercise Group
Wednesday, 27th February 2019 -  Sarah Cooper  -Creative Writing; from 2:15pm
Wednesday, 6th March 2019 -  General chat session
Wednesday, 13th March 2019 -  Christine McFadden - Cooking with different flours
Wednesday, 20th March 2019 - Maria Morris-  Easy Ways to get your Daily D.O.S.E of Happiness ~ using all your senses and the healing power of nature.
Wednesday, 27th March 2019  - General chat session
Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 - Sarah Cooper - Creative Writing; from 2:15pm


THIS MONTH’S COFFEE MORNING IS SATURDAY, 23rd FEBRUARY 2019, 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 and Tracee Cossey will be running the next coffee morning.

Visit our website: www.butterfliescancersupport.co.uk

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Other News

On Thursday, Dick Foad - our Chair - met with Cheryl Warburton at Crafty Gift Boutique for her to present the cheque from her shop’s Christmas raffle to Butterflies. We’d just like to express our thanks to her for her kind donation and efforts. It really is a boon for Butterflies.

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

Thursday 7th February 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: contact@about-face.info or you can text/ring her mobile on 07966 905595.

From Brain Tumour Support

22nd – 24th March 2019 - The Weekend 2019 - a chance to relax and spend time with others affected by brain tumours

The draft programme for Brain Tumour Support’s flagship event, The Weekend, is now available. Packed with workshops, presentations and opportunities for you to meet some of the UK's top specialists in brain tumour treatment and diagnosis, this event is your chance to spend some quality time with others who understand what you are going through. Our venue, Whittlebury Hall, has fantastic grounds and a beautiful spa, and our programme gives you plenty of opportunities to enjoy some free time. 

The price for the whole weekend, from Friday lunchtime to Sunday lunchtime and including all activities, accommodation, and meals with a gala dinner on Saturday evening, is £190 per person or £330 per couple. For transport options, childcare arrangements and other information, please visit our website.

To book, please email - weekend2019@braintumoursupport.co.uk

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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: 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:

http://www.emergencysms.org.uk/registering_your_mobile_phone.php

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
www.southwestfishingforlife.org.uk
 

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

www.csiders.org

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:

www.thelivingtree.org.uk

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:

http://www.did-card.co.uk/index.php

  • Merlin Pass – Disabled persons

https://www.merlinannualpass.co.uk/information/disabled-passholders

  • And finally, a similar idea for cinemas:

https://www.ceacard.co.uk/

The Anti-cancer Club: It’s about Life. – You can sign up to the weekly newsletter here (or for more info):

https://anticancerclub.com/

Dorset Cancer Care Foundation

Dick Foad, our Chair, has been speaking with Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (tel: 07593 890879, email info@dccf.co.uk) and would like to mention that if anyone is 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
Counselling
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

 

Tracee Cossey: 2nd Feb 2019 02:22:00

 

Butterflies Newsletter 15th February 2019

Hello Everyone, It’s the middle of February already, and soon we’ll be one-sixth of the way through the year. When put like that, it does fly by sometimes doesn’t it? Butterflies has continued to receive donations in kind forms and we’re going to be getting lots of raffle-able goods soon, which we can use on stalls and at events. We’ve also got a lot of new collection boxes to put in shops and stores – so if you are out and have some loose change do look for our logo (above) on them and support us. This month’s coffee morning will also soon be upon us, on 23rd at Hendover’s Café - because it’s a short month it seems to have come around that little bit quicker. From me, not much has changed except an invitation to potentially have a more involved role at the International Federation of Aromatherapists, which is something very dear to my heart. I’ve written an article about oils, and about the percentage of plants that are made into oils (only about 120 plants, resins, flowers etc in total) called – ‘Aromatherapy – the undiscovered world’. I have lots more ideas for articles! Maybe they might find their outlet now… Regards Tracee

Butterflies Coffee Morning - 23rd February 2019

THIS MONTH’S COFFEE MORNING IS SATURDAY, 23rd FEBRUARY 2019, 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 and Tracee Cossey will be running the next coffee morning.

Butterflies Newsletter 1st February 2019

Hello Everyone, Hope you are all enjoying the snow today, even though it is melting fast. My daughter had a lovely time trying her first sledging experience on the hills. She even made her snow picture into a blog in the local paper ???? We’ve recently had a really great speaker – Jon Parvin from Healthy Homes Dorset - and we’ll be sharing with you some great tips and tricks for saving money in the home very soon. Roy Dean from About Face is currently putting together a crib-sheet with information for you all, based on Jon’s talk to the group.

Butterflies Newsletter 15th January 2019

Hello Everyone, Well- the New Year has got off to a blinding start. The first Butterflies meeting was a woodworking demo and Butterflies members had a lot of fun. This upcoming meeting (Wednesday 16th) would have been Knitting and Crocheting but unfortunately, the speaker/demonstrator has had to reschedule. We will get her back on board soon. Instead, Wednesday will be a general chit-chat session.