The Centre's Support Officers are available to listen and offer support on a whole range of issues about cancer, offer suggestions about what resources are available and explain the Centre's activities. Call our support officers on 020 7924 3924.
A diagnosis of cancer, a course of treatment, the illness or death of a partner or friend can all create shock, fear and confusion. Established ways of doing things, strong emotional ties, familiar patterns of coping and old certainties may be disrupted.
While some people are fortunate and get the support they need from family, friends and community, others feel isolated. Even those surrounded by supportive and loving well-wishers often feel deeply alone. People are often encouraged to "be positive" by their families when they want to express the difficult feelings they have.
Counselling with its combination of understanding, concern and neutrality can help people in this situation. Like a good friend or partner, the counsellor is warm and caring. However, the client doesn't need to worry about overburdening the counsellor, as they might with a friend or partner.
Since the counsellor is not involved in the client's life, this enables him or her to bring an objective view to issues, which the client may urgently need. The open-mindedness and impartiality of the counsellor can help the client to explore thoughts and feelings without inhibitions. The client may also need to release bottled-up emotions such as anger, guilt or helplessness.
The benefits of counselling include:
alleviating feelings of loneliness
increasing the ability to communicate, improving relationships
promoting the deeper understanding of emotions
increasing a sense of control
providing a fresh perspective and tapping into creativity
reducing tension and stress
putting people in touch with their resources of imagination and intuition
helping people to find meaning in what is happening to them
Asian Cancer Support Group
The purpose of the monthly meetings is to provide a safe environment where experiences can be exchanged, and to develop a network of support and mutual help. This reduces feelings of isolation and help people regain a sense of control over their lives.
Members have the opportunity to discuss living with cancer and its effects, and to identify culturally relevant solutions to practical problems caused by cancer or its treatment. The group also organises outings and lunch get-togethers on a regular basis.
The group meets at Paul's Cancer Support Centre on the last Tueday of the month from 10.30am-12.30pm.
African Caribbean Support Group
The group meets monthly to offer a safe environment in which to exchange experiences, meet others, and to develop a network of support and mutual aid.
There will be opportunities to discuss living with cancer and its effects, and to share the changes that cancer has brought to people’s lives.
The group meets at Paul's Cancer Support centre on the 2nd Monday of the month from 12noon to 2.00pm.