We have developed our programme of workshops, groups and courses in response to the concerns raised by people who have been affected by cancer and blood conditions.

These activities aim to support you at any stage of your care pathway – from diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. Some activities are also available to friends, family members and carers.

The creative writing group gives you 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.

The sessions are run by a volunteer and a support and information specialist. 

 

Who can join the group?

The group is for anyone affected by cancer or a blood condition, including patients and their family members, carers and friends.

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

 

When is the group? 

The group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month, 4pm to 6pm. 

 

Where does the group take place?  

The group meets online (on Zoom).

 

Where can I get more information or book my place?

For more information or to book your place:

  • call 020 3447 3816 
  • email uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net (please include your full name, hospital number and the group you'd like to join in your email)
  • ask a member of staff at the Macmillan Support and Information Service, on the ground floor of the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre.
 
Information for people attending the group online 
  • The meeting will be on Zoom. 
  • We’ll send you the invite, with the Zoom link, the day before the group is held. 
  • If possible, please have your camera on during the group.

 

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.”

 

At this event, you'll get tips and advice on what you can do to recover well from cancer treatment.

We will focus on the following areas:

  • Managing your emotional wellbeing
  • Managing fatigue
  • Eating well
  • Improving your sleep
  • Being active 

 

You’ll also have the time to talk to the others in the group and share your experiences.

 

Who can join the group?

The group is for anyone who has recently finished, or is on maintenance, cancer treatment.

 

Where does the group take place?  

At the Macmillan Support and Information Service, on the ground floor of the Macmillan Cancer Centre.

 

When does the group take place?

This event is held on the 4th Tuesday of each month, 1pm to 4pm.

 

Where can I get more information or book my place?

For more information or to book your place:

 

Information for the days of the event
  • Please don't come to the Cancer Centre if you have a cold, cough, sore throat or any flu-like symptoms.

HOPE is a six-week, self-management course for people who have recently finished, or are on maintenance, cancer treatment.

At the course, you’ll get practical advice to help you to cope with the day-to-day emotional and physical impact of cancer after treatment. 

The course also helps you to: 

  • refocus on your inner strengths 
  • use goal-setting tools to build your confidence 
  • increase your resilience with the support of others.

You’ll also have the time to talk to the others in the group and share your experiences.

Check our events page for upcoming dates and more information.

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

If so, watch our Improve your sleep video which gives tips and techniques to help you to overcome sleep problems. If you need further advice or support after watching the video, ​​​​book on our Improve your sleep workshop.

Check our events page for upcoming dates and more information.

 

A few comments from those who attended the workshop:

“Lots of good tips!”

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

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

 

Join us for a friendly and relaxed afternoon full of tips about skin care and make-up from beauty professionals.

You will learn how to apply make-up that suits your style, and find out about ways to build up your eyebrows and lashes. You will also receive a make-up goody bag at the end of the session.

This workshop is for people who've had changes to their skin texture, eyebrows and eyelashes after cancer treatments.

The workshop is run in partnership with Look Good Feel Better (LGFB), the only international cancer support charity that helps women manage the visible side effects of cancer treatment.

 

When are the workshops held?  

We hold workshops on the last Monday of the month, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. 

  

Where does the workshop take place?   

At the Macmillan Support and Information Service, on the ground floor of the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre.

  

Where can I get more information? 

For more information: 

  

How can I book my place? 

Visit the LGFB website to book on a workshop.

 

Information for the day of the workshop  
  • Please don't come to the Cancer Centre if you have a cold, cough, sore throat or any flu-like symptoms.

  • If possible, please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop starts. This will give you time to greet the other members of the group beforehand. 

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?

If so, watch our Manage your fatigue video which gives helpful tips and techniques. If you need further advice or support after watching the video, book on our Manage your fatigue workshop.

Check our events page for upcoming dates and more information.

 

A comments from someone who has 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 know that getting a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. One of your worries may be about what you can do to prepare for starting treatment. And how to look after yourself during treatment. At this workshop we’ll give you support and advice to help you to manage the physical and emotional impact of treatment.


You’ll get info on:

  • being active
  • eating well
  • managing your emotional wellbeing.

 

You’ll get the chance to ask the nurses facilitating the group any questions you have. And meet other people starting cancer treatment. We can also refer you to other specialist services.

 

Where is the workshop held?

The workshop is held online, on Zoom.

 

When is the workshop held?

This one-off workshop is on every Wednesday from 10am to 11.30am.

 

How can I book my place or get more information?

For more information or to book your place: 

  • call 020 3447 3816  

  • email uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net. (please include your full name, hospital number and the group you'd like to join in your email) 

  • ask a member of staff at the Macmillan Support and Information Service, on the ground floor of the Macmillan Cancer Centre. 

 

What happens once I've booked my place?

We'll email you a Zoom invite the day before the class is held. Details on how to join the group will be on the email invite.

Do you have questions about nutrition and diet?

Are you confused about dietary advice in the media?

We know it can be hard to tell what nutritional and diet information is fact and what’s fiction. This talk will help you to understand the advice to follow. And answer the questions you have about nutrition and diet.

When?

Visit our events page for upcoming dates and more information.

 

We also have a video giving tips and advice about healthy eating.

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.

All you need to join the group is paper and scissors (and a computer).

 

When is the class?  

The classes are held on the second Friday of each month from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.  

 
Where is the class held?  

The classes are held online, on Zoom.

 

How can I book my place or get more information?

To book your place, or for more information:

  • call 0203 447 3816
  • email uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net (please include your full name, hospital number and the group you'd like to join in your email).
  •  ask a member of staff at the Macmillan Support and Information Service, on the ground floor of the Macmillan Cancer Centre

 

What happens after I've booked my place?

We'll email you a Zoom invite the day before the class is held. Details on how to join the group will be on the email invite.

 

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Learn relaxation techniques to practice at home and use when you need them. Relaxation can help you to reduce stress, and improve your sleep and wellbeing. 

You can either join our weekly group or a one-off workshop.

 

Who can join the group or workshop?

Anyone under the care of University College London Hospitals for cancer or a blood condition can attend.

 

When are the groups and workshop held?  

Weekly group: Mondays, 2pm to 3pm

Workshop: The 2nd Friday of each month,12.45pm to 1.45pm

 

Where are they held?  

The groups and workshop are held online, on Zoom.

 

How can I join the group or workshop?

Ask your hospital doctor, nurse, support and information specialist or another healthcare professional to refer you. The support and information specialist contact details are below.

 

How can I get more information?

You can get more information from a support and information specialist the following ways:

  • email uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net (please include your full name, hospital number and the group you'd like to join in your email)
  • call 020 3447 3186
  • ask a member of staff at the Macmillan Support and Information Service, on the ground floor of the Macmillan Cancer Centre.

 

What happens once I've been referred?

A member of the complementary therapy will call you to discuss your referral. They will then book your place on the group or workshop.

We'll email you a Zoom invite the day before the group or workshop is held. 

To book on a workshop or course, or to find out more information, call us on 020 3447 3816 or 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, or if you're a friend, carer or family member, please speak to one of the support and information specialists to find out which activities you will be able to take part in.


Health and wellbeing videos

Be active

Improve your sleep

Healthy eating

Managing your emotions

Manage your fatigue