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Find support groups, local services, centres and charities across the region to meet new friends, provide assistance or to find a friendly ear to listen.

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Local Services

Living With Secondary Breast Cancer meet-up group (Manchester City Centre)
Breast Cancer Care monthly meet-ups for a chance to chat and share experiences with others with a secondary diagnosis. Longer sessions with guest expert speakers every other month. Topics include pain management, fatigue and benefits. Refreshments provided, including lunch at the longer sessions. Events also offered for Younger Women With Secondaries Together.
20th June 2018 at 11am
Beechwood Cancer Care (Stockport)
Coffee mornings for all
Alternate Thursday mornings 10am – 12.00pm
Sunflowers Support Group
A group for women to meet others in their local area for friendship and mutual support and learn about health and wellbeing during and after cancer. An opportunity for advice and support from gynaecological nurse specialists in an informal setting. Supported by Target Ovarian Cancer
Wednesday mornings, around every two months from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Trafford Centre
Your Maggie’s Centre is staffed by friendly professionals who can help you find the support you need. Their expertise is freely available to you in one-to-one sessions, workshops or supportive groups. 
Francis House Children's Hospice
Francis House and Francis Lodge in Didsbury exist to provide appropriate care for children and young people with life threatening conditions and the necessary support and short-term rest for their families.
The Gaddum Centre
Among other services, The Gaddum Centre in Manchester offers a paediatric palliative care service for families across Salford, Rochdale and Stockport. This specialist service supports the families of children with a life limiting or a life threatening illness.
Urostomy Association
The Urostomy Association (UA) was formed to assist people who are about to undergo or who have undergone surgery resulting in a urinary diversion/ileal conduit. The local branch holds three meetings per year, in February, May and October at Salford Royal NHS Hospital Trust.
Cancer Warriors
The Cancer Warriors Support & Information Centre is in Stalybridge. It offers a friendly environment for a chat, support and advice. Plus leaflets, bookable therapies and professional counselling.
Macmillan Information & Support Centre
The Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Centre at North Manchester General Hospital is a calm, relaxed, comfortable environment for anyone affected by cancer, either as a carer or someone with cancer, or anyone who wants to know more about cancer. It's a drop-in service, available 9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday.
Macmillan Solutions
Based in Salford at the Audacious Church. Macmillan Solutions offers practical and emotional support to people affected by cancer including carers. We aim to match a volunteer suitable for you, somebody whom we think you might get on with, as feeling at ease with a volunteer is very important. Volunteers may offer transport to a hospital appointment, shopping, befriending or cut your lawn every couple of weeks.
Can-Survive UK
The Can-Survive UK mission is to provide a culturally sensitive support service to people living with cancer, their family or friends, to enable them to build confidence, resilience and strength to overcome the challenges cancer brings. Based in Moss Side.
‘Check it-out’ Prostate Cancer Support Group for African and Caribbean Men
Meets every three months at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. For all African and Caribbean prostate cancer sufferers, not just patients of the hospital.
Manchester Haematology Support Group
Manchester Support Group based at The Christie Hospital and is open to anyone in Manchester and surrounding. Meets in 2018 at Maggie’s Centre from 1pm – 2:30pm on July 16, September 17 and November 19.
The Effects Of Pelvic Radiotherapy Support Group (South Manchester)
Contact: Susan Taylor 01257 424 110, Brian Hixson 0161 833 9620 Meet at: The Northern Tennis Club, Palatine Rd, West Didsbury, M20 3YA. Free car park and adjacent to the West Didsbury Metro Station. Date/time: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 1-3pm Who for: Patients and carers welcome from Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
Ethnic Health Forum
EHF in Rusholme is working towards developing a social enterprise around health, social care, learning and education.
Gastric & Oesophageal Support Group
A group of about 50 members affected by Gullet & Stomach cancers. Medical advice is on hand from one of the attendant nurses. Individuals who have been through surgery give emotional support. Both people with cancer and their carers are welcome. We meet regularly at the Education & Research Centre, Wythenshawe (South Manchester) Hospital. At our meetings you will have the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation to you, as well as their family members and those supporting them. Meetings are free to attend, and light refreshments are provided. Tel: Fran Mellor or Tina Foley: 0161 291 2547
GO! Gynae Group
Patient-led group at The Christie with nurses in attendance. For any patients who have been treated for a gynaecological cancer. The patient support group is designed to be person-centered, non-judgmental and available to all in need. Each month there will be an informal chat over a cup of tea and cake. There is also time for a private talk with the nurse. Free parking at the venue. Contact: Sabine Fornacon Wood and Deborah Butler on 0161 291 4234 or email sabine.fornaconwood@mft.nhs.uk

Online Information Sources

Beechwood Cancer Care

Beechwood Cancer Care Centre is a registered charity based in Stockport. It was established in 1990 as a day care centre to help and support patients, carers and family members who are affected by cancer and other life limiting illness. Beechwood Cancer Care Centre is here to support people with the shock of diagnosis and throughout their journey.

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Breast Cancer Care

Groups, meet ups and events in your area with other people in your situation.

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Greater Manchester Cancer

Charities and support groups provide valuable support to patients living with cancer. We will be developing this section over time to share details of charities supported by our Pathway Boards.

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Being There

Being There can support you in a number of ways to help you manage your illness. We can provide emotional support – someone to talk to when you feel like it, practical help at home, support and transport to hospital appointments, outings and social activities.

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Cancer Chat

Talk to other people affected by cancer on the Cancer Research UK Cancer Chat forum.

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Beating Bowel Cancer

Beating Bowel Cancer and Bowel Cancer UK are the UK's leading charity on this particular form of cancer. Their site includes information, news, advice and details of events.

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BHA for Equality

The BHA for Equality is a charity which exists to challenge and address health and social care inequalities and support individuals, families and communities to improve their health and well-being.

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Breast Cancer Now

Specialist research into breast cancer, with information on signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, fundraising and events.

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Kath Locke Centre

The Kath Locke Centre combines the best in conventional NHS healthcare alongside complementary therapies to offer a complete approach to health and well-being.

During the week they offer a wide range of fun, friendly activities, courses and classes.

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