During the COVID-19 pandemic some of our workshops and classes are online. Please see below for more information about which ones are currently available.

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 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 and their family members, carers and friends.

When? 

The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. 

Where?  

The groups are held online, on Zoom.

To book your place, or for more information, email us at uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net

 

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.”

 

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

  • Being active during your recovery from treatment
  • Eating well
  • Improving your sleep
  • Managing fatigue
  • Emotional wellbeing.

Check our events page for upcoming dates.

To book your place or for more information, please email uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net

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.

To book your place or for more information, please email uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net

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.”

 

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.

To book your place or for more information, please email uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net

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.”

 

This 4-week online course is for people with cancer or a blood condition.

During the course you will:

  • gain an understanding of mindful approaches to managing your health.
  • discover how to regulate your emotions in a mindful way.
  • do a series of meditations. These will help you to improve focus and concentration, and increase awareness.
  • share experiences with others in the group.
  • explore ways you can use mindfulness and meditation in everyday life.

 

When?          

The course starts on Thursday 3 February, 4.30 to 6pm

It’s important that you feel well enough to attend all the sessions. You will also have meditations and written exercises to do at home.

Where?

The course will be held online, on Zoom. 

Who teaches the course?

The course is taught by Maria Castilla-Perez. Maria is a senior specialist haematology psychotherapist at University College Hospital. She has a master’s degree in Mindfulness from Bangor University.

Where can I find out more?

To find out more or to register your interest, contact a support and information specialist on 020 3447 3816 or email at uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net

What happens once I’ve registered?

You’ll be invited for an assessment with Maria who will check that the course if right for you. You can discuss your personal history and what you’d like to gain from the course. You’ll also find out more about what the course involves.

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

To book your place or for more information, please email uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net. You can also contact us on 020 3447 3816 for 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?  

The classes are held on the second Friday of each month from 11am to 12pm.  

Where?  

The groups are held online, on Zoom.

To book your place, or for more information, email us at uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net

Image of origami flowers

 

A weekly group where you will learn relaxation techniques to improve your mental wellbeing. Doing relaxation techniques have many benefits, including reducing stress (for example before and during a hospital appointment) and improving your sleep.

When?  

The classes are held online on Mondays from 2pm to 3pm (except during school holidays).  

Where?  

The groups are held online, on Zoom.

To book your place, or for more information, email us at uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net

Are you in work, thinking about returning to work or looking for a new job since your cancer diagnosis?

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.

The group is held online, on Zoom. Check our events page for upcoming dates.

To book your place or for more information, please email uclh.supportandinformation@nhs.net

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