Wellbeing programme for people affected by cancer 

During the COVID-19 pandemic we offer our creative writing group, origami classes and returning to work information session online. See below for more information and how to book a place.

You can get advice about any of the topics we normally run workshops on, which are listed below, by contacting the support and information team. Call 020 3447 3816 or email uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net.

We plan to restart more online workshops and courses soon. Visit this web page for updates.

If you have a red cell condition and receive your care at UCLH, please see our Guide to the supportive services for red cell haematology patients.

We have designed our programme of activities, including workshops, groups and courses, in response to the concerns raised by people who have been affected by cancer.

These activities aim to support you at any stage of your care pathway – from diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. We believe that with access to the right support and information you will be better able to cope with the impact of cancer and its treatment on your life. 

The activities take place in the Macmillan Support and Information Service located on the ground floor of the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre.

  • Origami

    Discover the art of paper folding and festive decoration making with our creative specialist who will guide you through the process. Everyone is welcome – patients, family members, carers and friends.

    When:

    • Monday 23 November 11am to 12pm (online)
    • Tuesday 15 December 2pm to 3pm (online)

    All you need is paper (even an old magazine or paper will do) and scissors.

    To book please email uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net 

    We will email you an invitation to join the group via Zoom. Details on how to join the group via Zoom will be on the email invite. You can also contact us on 020 3447 3816 for more information. 

  • Creative word

    The creative writing sessions are run by a volunteer and one of our support and information specialists. The sessions are an opportunity to put your thoughts on paper and share them, if you like, with other people who understand what you may be going through.

    You don’t need to have any previous experience or knowledge of creative writing.

    Everyone is welcome: patients with cancer or blood conditions and their family members, carers and friends.

    A few comments from those who attended the sessions:

    “It has been a life saver. I make a real effort to pluck myself out of my home to attend regularly. It has improved my self-esteem and halted a tendency to lapse into depression.”

    “It has brought back hope to me when I had given up.”

    When? 

    The group meets online on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 4.30 to 6.30pm. 

    Where? 

    To book your place, or for more information, email our team on uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.netWe will email you an invitation to join the group via Zoom. Details on how to join the group via Zoom will be on the email invite. You can also contact us on 020 3447 3816 for more information. 

     
  • Health and Wellbeing

    Our Health and Wellbeing Event is for patients who have recently completed their cancer treatment, or for those having ongoing (maintenance) treatment.

    The day includes:

    • A range of workshops, run by healthcare professionals, on fatigue, sleep, physical activity, healthy eating and relaxation
    • A chance to speak to others and share experiences.

    For more information, please see the Health and Wellbeing Event flyer.

    Here are some short videos with advice to manage your health and wellbeing during and after cancer treatment.

  • HOPE Course (Helping to Overcome Problems Effectively)

    HOPE is a six-week self-management course that aims to help you cope with the day-to-day emotional and practical impact of cancer after treatment. It provides the opportunity to:

    • Refocus on your inner strengths
    • Apply goal-setting tools to build confidence
    • Increase your resilience with the support of others.

    Booking is essential – please drop in and speak to one of our support and information specialists or call 020 3447 8663.

    A few comments from those who attended the sessions:

    “I have learnt to use positive thinking to move forward with my life.”

    “I enjoyed meeting other people in a similar situation to me… It was a friendly and supportive atmosphere each week.”

    Check our wellbeing programme for dates of the next course.

  • Look Good, Feel Better

    Expert advice on skin care and make-up for those who have had or are about to have cancer treatment. Check our wellbeing programme for dates of the next workshops.

  • Managing fatigue

    Do you have low energy? Do you struggle with chores and tasks that you were more able to do before having cancer treatment? Do you find it difficult to concentrate or keep your focus?

    This workshop will explore theory, practical tips and ideas on managing fatigue and improving the energy you have.

    A few comments from those who attended the workshop:

    “I feel more motivated to make lifestyle changes.” “I have found the workshop helpful and will share insights with others who are having treatment.”

     

    We run regular workshops about managing fatigue and you can also attend a shorter version of the workshop during one of our health and wellbeing events. Check our wellbeing programme for dates of the next workshops.

    More information about how to manage fatigue is available from Macmillan Cancer Support.

  • Overcoming sleep problems

    Do you find it difficult to fall asleep? Or maybe you wake up in the night or wake up too early?

    If you are having sleep problems, this workshop will give you some tips and techniques to help you overcome them.

    A few comments from those who attended the workshop:

    “Lots of good tips!”

    “Very glad I came.”

     “I am more motivated to help myself achieve a sleep routine.”

    ”I am more aware of what steps to take.”

    We run regular workshops about overcoming sleep problems and you can also attend a shorter version of the workshop during one of our health and wellbeing events. Check our wellbeing programme for dates of the next workshops.

    More information about how to overcome sleep problems is available from Macmillan Cancer Support. 

  • Return to work information session

    Are you in work, thinking about returning to work or looking for a new job since you were diagnosed with cancer?

    Do you know your workplace rights?

    Would you like information about work-related financial support?

    This workshop will give you practical information and advice concerning any work-related issues you may be facing and financial support you may be entitled to. It is open to everyone affected by cancer, including families, carers and friends.

    Our next session will be held, via Zoom, on Wednesday 11 November, 2pm to 4pm.

    To book your place, or for more information, email our team on uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net. We will email you an invitation to join the group via Zoom. Details on how to join the group via Zoom will be on the email invite. You can also contact us on 020 3447 3816 for more information. 

    More information about work and cancer is available from Macmillan Cancer Support

  • Yoga

    Our yoga sessions aim to refresh your mind, body and spirit. The classes focus on gentle yoga movements and relaxation, and are suitable for everybody.

    A few comments from those who attended the yoga sessions:

    “The yoga is amazing. It really helps you to understand your body’s energy flow and that you should nurture it.”

    “Everybody with health problems should do it. I am much better now in so many ways and much more aware of what I can do to help myself.”

    “I felt my body gradually strengthening, releasing and becoming more flexible. The relaxation at the end enabled me to feel more connected.”

    Check our wellbeing programme for dates of the next sessions.

  • How to book

    Please check our latest programme for dates.

    To book on a workshop or course, or to find out about the availability, please call us on 020 3447 8663 and ask to speak to one of the support and information specialists. You can also email us at uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net

    If you receive your care or have finished treatment at UCLH, you will be able to access all of the activities. If you receive care elsewhere, please speak to one of the support and information specialists to find out which activities you will be able to take part in.

    If you are a family member or carer of a UCLH patient, some activities will be available to you as well – please contact us to find out more.

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