Where to go for Help and Advice During the Coronavirus Outbreak

During the Coronavirus Pandemic, while The Centre is closed, we have provided a list of National Organisations who may be able to provide support, advice and a listening ear when you need it.

Please check with individual organisations for changes to their services and availability during this time.

Macmillan Support Line

The Macmillan Support Line offers confidential advice to people living with cancer and their loved ones.

Although they have had to take the difficult decision to cut their hours during this time, the helpline is still open Monday – Friday between 9am-5pm on 0808 808 00 00.

You can find more information about the helpline, and FAQ’s about cancer and coronavirus here.


Maggie’s Centres

Maggie’s offer practical and emotional support. Although they have had to close their centres, they are still available to talk to on 0300 123 1801. They also have an online community where you can share experiences with others in similar situations through an online chat platform. See here.


Samaritans

A free, completely confidential helpline service. You can talk to someone if you’re struggling to cope.

Although services have been reduced, you can find information about how to cope at this time here and at present you can still call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on this number: 116 123

 

 

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie have support and advice available for those living with terminal illnesses, on their website here or on 0800 090 2309.


Cancer Research UK

Online information and an online community where you can chat with other people affected by cancer.  It’s free to join and available 24 hours a day here.

You can also speak to a nurse on 0800 800 4040.


Age UK

Provides free help, information and advice about a variety of issues on 0800 678 1602 or on the website here.


British Red Cross

Provides support and advice as well as social care. They can also advise how to cope with the current global health situation. Call 0344 871 11 11 or go to their website here.


Carers UK

An expert advice line for people who want to talk about caring, their caring situation and how it makes them feel on 0808 808 7777. You can find more information and an online forum here.


You can also follow these organisations on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with their news.

Advice and support for specific types of cancer can be found in the useful links for further research below.

 

 

Useful Links for Further Research and Information

  • riprap .. information and support from Maggies for teenagers when a parent has cancer
  • Something to look forward to .. a charity website for people with cancer and their families to access a variety of gifts generously donated by people and companies
  • St Bernard Support is a small not-for-profit social enterprise who provide services for people with life affecting illnesses such as cancer. They can help in areas such as pensions, welfare benefits, insurances, wills & lasting powers of attorney.

 

 

Library

If you are looking for information about cancer, we have a well-stocked library of up-to-date books which can be borrowed by members.

There is also an extensive library of Macmillan publications available to members.