Networking and Socialising

Many people diagnosed with cancer, their carers or their families find it beneficial to be part of a group whose members have all been affected by cancer in some way.

Groups can provide friendship, peer support, encouragement and the chance to relax and unwind with people who know what you are going through.

Activities range from self-help, group counselling and bereavement support to sports, social activities and exercise classes. There are also groups specifically for children and young people which give them the chance to meet up with others of their own age whose lives have been affected by cancer.

Advice, training and start-up grants might be available if you are thinking of starting up your own support group.