Cambridge Cancer Help Centre

Let's turn the 'Big C' around

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Information, support groups, therapies

The Centre is open! 

Our doors are open and we are here ready to welcome our lovely members with a cuppa!

In response to the easing of the Government restrictions put in place to help with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to continue with the following guidelines to ensure that The Centre remains a safe place to visit. We will:
  • Continue to ask all visitors, staff and volunteers to wear a face covering when arriving or moving around the building
  • Continue to maintain a one-way system for visitors to move safely around the building
We kindly ask you to stay at home if you have any COVID symptoms (or coughs, colds), or if anyone within your household has symptoms or has been asked to self-isolate.

Additionally, we will continue to have free online events available including a range of support activities.

What’s on? 

(updated October 2021)

Breast Cancer Awareness week

Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th October 2021

Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Help us raise money to support those affected by Cancer including breast cancer.

  • Hear from Trustee and lead Therapist, Claire Mackenzie to learn more about the wide range of holistic therapies that we offer. She will also share some basic tips and advice on physical and mental well-being.
  • Attend the Guided Imagery and Relaxation session to discover how incorporating techniques into your day can relieve stress, lower blood pressure and reduce chronic pain.
  • Join us and the Granta well-being hub on a well-being walk around the area followed by tea and cake.
  • Or simply pop in to The Centre to meet the team and join us for a cuppa and a chance to talk to others affected by Cancer.

For further information or to book a taster session
please contact Claire: 01223 840105 (Mon – Wed)
email: [email protected]


The Centre offers many activities and events including:

  • The Singing Group meets every other Monday 11.30am – 12.30pm
  • Yoga Therapy is held every Monday 1.30 – 3pm
  • The Art Group meets every Wednesday 11am – 2pm
  • Guided Imagery, Mindfulness and Relaxation Sessions will be held online weekly on Tuesdays,  10.30 – 11.30 am (virtually) and 1.30pm – 2.30pm (in the Centre)

Upcoming sessions with Mara Sheldon, OT:

  • 14th September 2021 – Fatigue
  • 21st September 2021 – Anxiety
  • 28th September 2021 – Sleep
  • 5th October 2021 – Relaxation

These sessions will be around 45min – 1 hour long and held on Zoom. Please contact Janet to make a booking. Claire Troub the Palliative Care OT will also be attending some sessions.

Macmillan Hope Course

The next course starts on 14th September for 6 weeks. This will be held face to face in the Centre.For more information or an informal chat, please contact Janet Hickman at the Cambridge Cancer Help Centre or on 07866 331782. Alternatively, you can email Janet at [email protected].

If you would like to receive our news and updates regularly, you can sign up to our e-newsletters here. 

You can read our latest newsletter (August 2021) here.

The Centre Management team are available to contact by telephone or email if you would like support or advice, Mondays to Wednesdays 10am to 4pm. Tel: 01223 840105 or 07909 118432 or email.

Alternatively, Janet Hickman, Trustee and Facilitator of the Macmillan courses, is available to provide support on 07866 331782 or by email.

Other help and support available

Talking Together. Would you like an opportunity to chat to other members?  An opportunity to share with others, experiences and tips or just to chat to others who understand.  Sessions will be facilitated by Janet but led by you. Details here.

Macmillan Cancer Hope course. Get support and share experiences at this free online, six-week HOPE (Help Overcome Problems Effectively) course. The next 6 week course starts on 14th September 2021.

Guided Imagery, Mindfulness and Relaxation sessions. Learning these beneficial techniques may help you manage some of your symptoms and achieve a more balanced life. Details and how to book here.

Managing Anxiety and Stress with Relaxation.  If you are struggling with anxiety and stress, this free online session will help. Provided by our friend Mara, who is an Occupational Therapist and trainer. Details here.

Emotional support. If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, emotional support can help. Our therapist is offering free telephone consultations at this time. Details and how to book here.

Self-help Massage On-Line – for yourself or to share with others in your household. Learn simple massage and acupressure techniques with Claire, to relieve stresses and strains. Details and how to book here.

See our therapies page for two short, self help videos made for us by Julia and Emma, our volunteer Reflexology therapists, as well as details of our Bach Flower Remedies therapist offer of free telephone consultations and remedies by post.

We have put together a list of organisations who can provide advice and support which you may find useful on days The Centre team are not working.. Please see our Information Page. 

Please keep an eye on our website for updates and on our Facebook Page.

Want to help publicise The Centre and reach new members?

We are keen to support new members – but many people are unaware of the Cambridge Cancer Help Centre. If you have a local community noticeboard (or similar) you can help by downloading one of our posters and pinning it up (seeking permission where needed of course). A 4 page booklet is also available.

Centre Poster

Centre 4-page leaflet

Can you help? Volunteer with us!

We are currently recruiting. Details here.

With our current income depleted, donations to support our work are very welcome. Every penny helps us continue supporting those in need. Please click on the donate button above or see here for simple ways to help us raise funds, including details of how to raise funds for free while online shopping. Thank you.


We run a number of self-management programmes to help you manage your condition.


We offer a wide range of complimentary therapies from qualified therapists.


We have a number of thriving groups and we organise regular social activities.

Support Groups

Why not join one of our support groups?

Let's turn the 'Big C' around

2021-22 Membership

Earlier in the year, memberships were put on hold and extended as a consequence of The Centre being closed due to the pandemic.

With the Centre now beginning to reopen, we are now inviting you to renew your membership. Funds raised through memberships are absolutely vital to enable us to reopen and continue our work. 

Membership will run from 1 May 2021 to 30 April 2022. To help us to save time and admin costs, please access the renewal form here and either:

  1. Save the form. Edit by using the Typewriter tool, and return by email.
  2. Print and fill in the form by hand and either scan and return by email or post.
  3. Request that a membership form is posted to you, if you are having difficulties.

Please help us, to help those in need, by returning your membership forms promptly. Subscribing members are entitled to vote at the AGM and any other general meetings of the charity.

Your support is much appreciated.

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Opening Times and Map

The Centre is open ..

Monday: 10am – 4pm
Tuesday: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 4pm

We meet in the David Rayner Building at Scotsdales Garden Centre in Shelford. Do drop in and visit us – everyone is welcome.

If you would be willing to volunteer as a counsellor, therapist or as part of our support team, we would love to hear from you.

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