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Newsletter No.34 – June 2021

Newsletter No.34 – June 2021

The month of June is always one that brings excitement as we are able to eat more from our garden than from the shops! The long days provide a real opportunity to grab every moment to be outside. Being outside is where so many of us feel at peace and this month there has been much need of that time.

My summer solstice swim was in the rain, I think it was in fact colder than the winter solstice!

I was lucky enough to visit the Open Gardens in Fishponds and what an absolute delight to see the variety of gardens created to inspire and delight. I have my favourite and very much hope it is an event that is repeated next year.

Face to Face drop-in – Update

We are working hard to get our drop ins right, to be safe and ensure we can offer the right balance between support and compliance.

We are hoping to return to face to face in July but as I write I do not have a date to be able to confirm.

We will stay connected via our Zoom drop-ins, our buddy phone calls, our Thursday deliveries, our group WhatsApp, emails and text.

We will update you with any news.

In this edition – 

  • ALCS Open Day
  • Sculptures by the Lakes
  • Online Shop
  • Poem
  • Ways to support and connect with ALCS
  • Recommended Reading
  • Managing emotions as we unlock
  • Dates for your diary & future events
  • Book Club
  • Therapist Support Meeting
  • WhatsApp
  • Beach Hut

ALCS Open Day

We are celebrating 3 years since we started ALCS (first committee meeting was June 2018)  and our first drop in on 1st October 2018 . I am  amazed at how Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support has grown in such a short time.

On Monday 26th July we would like to invite you to an Open Day, an opportunity to hear from you, from our community, ideas and considerations, feedback and comments on what we have done and what we are planning.

We would also like to showcase all aspects of our work.
It would be great if you would be able to come along.
We will be offering light refreshments throughout the morning.
In the afternoon we will be have some more in-depth round table discussions, please indicate if this is something you would like to be part of.

The Open Day will be at Uplyme Village Hall , Lyme Road, Uplyme DT73UY 10.30am-2.30pm

We very much hope you can come along and offer you thoughts.

Any queries please do get in touch

Please click here to book

ALCS 3rd Year Anniversary Day Trip – Sculptures by the Lakes

In October 2021 we are celebrating 3 years since our first drop in.
To celebrate this we are organising a trip to Sculpture by the Lakes near Dorchester. This is a truly magical place to explore, stunning gardens and inspirational sculptures.

We will provide transport and pick ups in Axminster and Lyme Regis will be available.
Lunch and snacks will be provided but do let us know any dietary requirements by emailing support@axminsterandlymecancersupport.co.uk

https://www.sculpturebythelakes.co.uk/

Please click here to book

Our Online Shop – made easier

Hopefully we have made it easier for you to purchase beautifully illustrated blank cards, recipe books, key rings and CDs – all the money raised goes directly to help our clients.
https://axminsterandlymecancersupport.co.uk/shop/
Just add your items to the basket and go to the checkout which is now using Stripe payments but Paypal is still an option. If you have any problems please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

Resilience – By Alex Elle

look at you.
still standing
after being
knocked down
and thrown out.

look at you.
still growing
after being
picked and plucked
and prodded out of
your home.

look at you.
still dancing
and singing
after being
defeated and disassembled.

look at you, love.
still here and hopeful
after it all.

Ways to support or connect with Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support

If you wish to donate online you can via a one off payment or a monthly donation. Just click the link below and follow the instructions.
https://localgiving.org/charity/axminster-and-lyme-cancer-support/

How to get involved with fundraising via Easyfundraising, Amazon Smile, Co-op etc
https://axminsterandlymecancersupport.co.uk/get-involved/fundraising/

Instagram & Facebook
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/axminsterandlymecancersupport/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/axminsterandlymecancersupport.co.uk

Recommended Reading

This month we have added to our library 4 copies of Your Life in Your Hands by Professor Jane Plant. An inspirational book written by a lady with breast cancer and how she embraced her world to help and heal. All 4 copies are currently out on loan but if you would like to borrow this or any of our other books please do get in touch.

 

 

 

Managing Emotions as we Unlock

There are many responses to the relaxation of lockdown measures, for some it’s an anxious time after months of distancing and isolation –  here are some practical suggestions to help.

Step by Step – 
We can’t change what feels safe overnight, or because of a government announcement, ease yourself back into doing things slowly.

Break it Up – 
If you haven’t been in a supermarket for a year, don’t make your first visit the weekly “big shop”. Just go, get used to the new rules, even just stand outside the first time.

Communication – 
Share what you feel comfortable doing and check in with others. Respect if they don’t feel comfortable hugging, for example, and demand the same respect for your boundaries.

Staying the same –
Some changes you might want to keep, like Zooming family, or wearing a mask on public transport – and that’s OK!

I am OK –
There is no right speed to make these changes

Daily Routine – 
Think about what parts of your lockdown routine work and that you want to keep – daily walks for example don’t have to be ditched if you enjoy them.

Be gentle –
Our brains have been on high alert scanning for threats for a year. That doesn’t just switch off. Be gentle with yourself if you find you are easily exhausted by socialising then pre pandemic.

Dates for your diary

We are currently holding our weekly drop-in sessions  virtually via Zoom on Mondays 2-3pm. Please do message us for more information if you have not already joined in. Information is also posted weekly to clients. We also create an event via Facebook and you can contact us for the code direct should you wish to join us. Please make sure you use your name when logging in to Zoom to allow us to recognise you and allow you onto the session.

We swap top tips, exchange some positive stories and support where we can. We also now have weekly slots to meet the therapist where they talk about the treatments they offer and how they offer it, so you have an insight and can ‘meet’ the person before you sign up.

Zoom is free to join, just download the app on any device. As with all of these platforms it is recommended to check the privacy settings and unsubscribe to advertising. This should be an option when you sign up if not at the bottom of the confirmation email.

Monday 5th July 2.00 – 3.00pm – Visualisation with Jane
Monday 12th July 2.00 – 3.00pm – Visualisation with Jane
Monday 19th July 2.00 – 3.00pm – Visualisation with Jane

Future Events for 2021 – More details will follow for these events nearer the time and will be updated on the newsletter & website.

All our events can be viewed via the link below. We are aware of a booking issue on some devices. If you wish to book onto any event then please do contact us and we can manually enter it for you. support@axminsterandlymecancersupport.co.uk

Uplyme Horticultural Show – 10th July
We have a stall at this event – please come down and support us.

ALCS Open Day
Monday 26th July
Click here to book

Flower Arranging – Summer Flowers 
Monday 9th August
Click here to book

Dalwood Fair – 21st August
We have a stall at this event – please come down and support us.

Annual Bottomless Tea Party
Thursday 26th August

Hills are Alive walk 
Saturday 18th September

3rd Anniversary of ALCS
Sculptures by the Lakes 

Thursday 7th October
Click here to book

Blokes’ Brunch – Axminster
Saturday 9th October

Flower Arranging  – Autumn Flowers
Monday 11th October
Click here to book

Auction of Promises 2021
Friday 12th November – Uplyme Village Hall

Flower Arranging  – Christmas Wreaths
Monday 6th December
Click here to book

Christmas Lunch
Monday 20th December
Click here to book

Book Club

Please find the dates for Book Club in 2021

A light lunch will be provided whilst the book club commences before drop-in.

Monday 23rd August 1pm – 2pm Lyme Regis Football Club
Monday 27th September 1pm – 2pm Lyme Regis Football Club
Monday 25th October 1pm – 2pm Lyme Regis Football Club
Monday 22nd November 1pm – 2pm Lyme Regis Football Club

Fortnightly Therapist Support Meetings.

Please find below some of the next few days confirmed

June 30th 7.00pm                July 22nd 7.30pm
August 11th 7.00pm             September 2nd 7.30pm
September 23rd 7.00pm       October 13th 7.30pm
November 4th 7.00pm          November 25th 7.30pm
December 8th 7.00pm

WhatsApp Group

WhatsApp group where people can chat away from drop-in and discuss as a  group results, hospital appointments or just to check in with everyone. This has been set up on the Charity Mobile so please send a text or WhatsApp to be added to 07512 279663. So far it seems to be going well and its nice seeing people connecting.

Please do provide us with feedback….this really helps with our grants and to show everyone what we do.

Thank you for your continued support and I am loving the WhatsApp group, it gives the feeling of inclusion’

Beach Hut 

If you know you have a date booked that you cannot make please let us know ASAP.

Please note if you book the beach hut you will get an email with the booking, the system also sends a reminder and a member of the team will email you with the booking code. If you do not get these these the booking has not been completed correctly. If you have any issues or wish for us to check any bookings you think you may have please email support@axminsterandlymecancersupport.co.uk

More information about the beach hut can be found via https://axminsterandlymecancersupport.co.uk/beach-hut/

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