WESSEX Cancer Trust is providing additional services for anyone needing emotional support through their cancer diagnosis, treatment or recovery during the latest lockdown. The charity is urging people living in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight to get in touch if they need it.
Since the first lockdown last March, Wessex Cancer Trust has been evolving its services to ensure support is available and easy to access from home. Whilst its cancer Support Centres remain temporarily closed, support is available via telephone, online resources, live sessions and a closed Facebook support group. Daisy Buses to help patients get to their hospital appointments are still running with increased precautions, and its Sing for Life choirs are meeting online.
Due to increased demand, the charity will now also be providing more structured emotional support from experienced counsellors to help manage stress and anxiety. It has also introduced a number of new support sessions which can be found at: https://www.wessexcancer.org.uk/services-timetable/
Colette Cowan, Wessex Cancer Trust’s Head of Services, says the charity remains committed to tailoring support to each person’s individual needs, whatever their age or type of cancer.
“This is likely to be a really anxious and isolating time, and some people living with cancer will need us more than ever. The majority of our clients are being encouraged to shield and some will have had their treatments delayed, are waiting for test results or are worried about how they will now travel to their appointments. In a recent survey, 78% of our clients told us that the things they most valued were having someone to talk to and/or feeling part of a community, so please don’t wait, hoping things will get easier. Get in touch today if you need to.”
Many people will be nervous about using public transport, visiting supermarkets or going to hospital appointments. To help, Wessex Cancer Trust is providing free lanyards which discreetly suggests to people around you that you may require additional space, time or support. They are available by calling 023 8067 2200 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org