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Resources and links

Listed below are links which may be useful to cancer patients:

After Cancer

After Cancer is a website written by cancer survivor Verite Reily Collins. She shares her experiences and detailed, well-researched information on how cancer affects you during and after treatment and what to do about it.


Axminster Care Service

The Axminster Care Service was set up to give help to local organisations and those in need. The aim of the ACS is to cover gaps left by Health and Social Services and provides additional community support such as:
A car service, Tuesday lunch club for elderly housebound, a visiting service for those who live alone and management of the Senior Citizen’s Centre in Church Street. Please see their website for more information.

Visit Axminster Care Service


AboutFace has provided support for almost 20 years to patients who have been diagnosed, or are living with, head and neck cancer. We also help patients’ families. We provide comfort, advice and practical help to those undergoing treatment and those living with the consequences of a challenging recovery.

We serve the Dorset community by offering a unique combination of peer group support and practical befriending provided by compassionate, dedicated volunteers.

AboutFace work closely with the Maxillofacial Department at Poole Hospital, supporting patients and offering training space for doctors learning facial reconstruction. All our charity’s services and support are free to patients. We receive no Government funding but gratefully receive voluntary contributions from local benefactors.

Visit AboutFace

The Brain Tumour Charity

The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people with a brain tumour and their families.

They are committed to having the biggest possible impact for everyone affected by a brain tumour, to defending the most amazing part of the human body, so that the diagnosis of a brain tumour is no longer a death sentence.

The Brain Tumour Charoty fights brain tumours on all fronts through research, awareness and support to save lives and improve quality of life.

Visit The Brain Tumour Charity

Axminster Hospital

Local community hospital offering a variety of services, providing the Scott Rowe Meeting Room for our drop-in sessions.

01297 630 400
Call 01225 473 481

The Breast Radiotherapy Injury Rehabilitation Service (BRIRS)

BRIRS is a nationwide service for breast cancer survivors living with Brachial Plexus Injury after radiotherapy treatment. This type of injury is rare but BRIS offers free NHS treatment to any patient registered with a GP in England. For further information, please email or ring the BRIRS administrator on 01225 473 481.


Butterflies Cancer Support Group

Butterflies is small, friendly and welcoming cancer support group in Dorchester, Dorset. We’re here to support local people who are living with any kind of cancer; and we welcome those who have cancer, and those who live with and support those with cancer.

Visit Butterflies Cancer Support Group

Bristol Homeopathic Hospital

You can ask your GP for a referral.

Visit their website

Breast Cancer Support – West Dorset

Information and advice about care and support for adults in Bournemouth and Poole.They  have five branches across Dorset and are a very friendly, welcoming group providing support and information. Guest speakers give talks on feel good and associated topics. We provide telephone support in co-operation with health care professionals. Breast care nurses are closely involved with this group.

Visit West Dorset Breast Cancer Support


CANCERactive is a complementary and integrative cancer charity. Chris Woollams’ latest newsletter covers research on healing your gut, a peptide that attacks cancer cells, preparing yourself for surgery and much else.


Cancer Hair Care

Cancer Hair Care is a charity that aims at helping cancer patients to look good through their illness and into recovery. They try to take the mystery out of hair loss, new hair growth, scalp care, wigs and headscarves. Please visit their website for information, ideas for new looks, support and practical advice.


Chaplaincy at Dorset County Hospital

Provides a 24 hour service. Person-centred care, a listening ear, confidential support and advocacy for anyone who needs it (of any faith or none), including outpatients.

Email Rev Ron Martin:

Directory of Services

This directory of services is provided by Dorset Macmillan Health Information & Support Project and will be updated every 6 months.

Download the PDF

Dorset Advocacy

Dorset Advocacy provides a voice for Dorset residents with physical, mental or learning disabilities and those who are frail due to age. The charity helps protect rights and gain equality of opportunity.


The Dorset Cancer Care Foundation

The Dorset Cancer Care Foundation supports Dorset based cancer patients and their families as individuals as well as providing grants and financial support to other Dorset based cancer related organisations.


Dorset Mobility Solutions

Dorset Mobility Solutions supports Dorset based cancer patients and their families as individuals as well as providing grants and financial support to other Dorset based cancer related organisations.


Ellie’s Friends

Set up by the Eleonor Rose Foundation in memory of Ellie Jeffery. The site connects individuals and those who care for them with people who have a skill, service or product to offer. Services may be offered free of charge or at a reduced rate to help people living with cancer.


Elizabeth Finn Care

A national charity offering direct financial support to individuals in need. Turn2us helps many individuals to gain access to the money available to them in welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help.



FACT is a trust that helps women recovering from illness by providing grants covering some medical costs. Please visit their website for further details.


The Force Cancer Centre, Exeter

Our nearest cancer care centre offering many facilities, well worth a visit.


Fortuneswell Cancer Trust

Supports the Fortuneswell Unit (haematology and chemotherapy) at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, and the Fortuneswell Cancer Ward there.


Gaia Healing Treatment – Maggi Marciniak

Maggi Marciniak is registered with the Complementary Therapists Association (CTHA) , the leading professional association for Complementary Therapists in the UK and Ireland. She is also qualified with the International Institute of Health & Holistic Therapies (IHHT).

Gaia healing is a hands on healing therapy.  The client relaxes fully clothed in a zero balancing  chair or on a couch and listens to calming music while the body allows the energy to do its work.

Please see Weycroft Bridge Therapies website for full details of class times, pricing etc. Or you can contact Maggi on 01297 32095 or 07951 402717.

Visit Weycroft Bridge Therapies

GO Girls Support Group

GO Girls launched in March 2015. Supported by their patron Helen Lederer. Their aims are to help support women with gynaecological cancers, raise awareness of these diseases and campaign for earlier diagnostics and improved treatments.
GO Girls want to ensure all women with gynaecological cancers receive the support they truly deserve on what is often a lonely and difficult journey with survival rates still very low, particularly for those with ovarian cancers.
GO Girls want to ensure all women with gynaecological cancers receive the support they truly deserve on what is often a lonely and difficult journey with survival rates still very low, particularly for those with ovarian cancers.
Visit Go Girls

Hair Loss in Women

Hair Loss in Women is a national health organisation committed to the education and support of women suffering from hair loss.



If you live in Exeter, Mid or East Devon, Hospiscare is your local adult hospice charity. Should you or a loved one need care for any type of terminal illness, their professional team of doctors and nurses are there to help.

Visit Hospicecare

Hypnotherapy – Laura Culley BA Hons (QTS), Dip Hyp, HPD, NLP Pract, MPHN, MNCH

Laura Culley is a fully qualified and insured Clinical Hypnotherapist who helps with a wide number of conditions.

Hypnotherapy may be beneficial for those affected by cancer, whether going through treatment and needing help with physical issues such as pain control or overcoming nausea or needing relaxation methods or developing coping strategies and a positive mindset or even moving on after cancer treatment and coming to terms with post-cancer depression, survivor’s guilt, resentment or physical or mental changes.
Hypnotherapy may also help friends and family members living with someone who is suffering from cancer. Helping them to cope with their own feelings and emotions so they can be there for the cancer patient.
Laura is offering discounted rates for those undergoing cancer treatment, so do please mention that you found her through Axminster and Lyme Cancer support – the rate per session will then be reduced from £50 to £30.
For more information, please visit the website or call Laura on 07577 485250
Visit Laura Culley Hypnotherapy

Lewis-Manning Hospice, Poole

Supports patients from diagnosis through to end of life, however short or long that time may be.


The Living Tree, Bridport

The Living Tree offers friendship, creative activities & holistic therapies, relevant diet & lifestyle information for anyone with any cancer. We offer mutual support, helping people cope with the fear, anxiety, isolation or stress that cancer can bring by offering a chance to unwind and share laughter and coping strategies.

Visit The Living Tree

Look Good Feel Better

LGFB is a charity which holds free skin care and make-up workshops to help combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment and, in turn, boost confidence and wellbeing. They hold workshops at Dorset Cancer Centre at Poole Hospital, The Force, Exeter and regular shorter masterclasses at The Living Tree in Bridport.



LYLAC is a Social Enterprise based in the Hampshire/Dorset area. LYLAC was founded in 2008 by two cancer survivors who are qualified life coaches.

While the two women recognize that most cancer-related information is available (online) these days, what a lot of cancer patients are missing is the experience of a fellow-survivor that doesn’t need any explanation, someone who’s been in the same boat, someone to help them identify personal needs and goals in a professional way. For this purpose LYLAC offers workshops, often in conjunction with Breast Cancer Care or Macmillan.


Lymphedema People

Our Mission:

  • To provide lymphedema information to the people it affects.
  • To inform them about the condition, its causes, complications, and treatments.
  • To share the knowledge that life does not end with lymphedema; there is hope. :-P
  • To share a life with lymphedema that is rich, fulfilling, and very rewarding.


Visit Lymphedema People

The Lymphoedema Support Network

A patient-led charity providing information and support for people affected by lymphoedema. They provide telephone information, quarterly newsletters, fact sheets and other lymphoedema-related information.


Macmillan Cancer Support

Provides excellent practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. Comprehensive website.


Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres

There are no centres in the South West yet.


The MAP Foundation

MAP (Making Arts Personal) provides a place for people to come together as a community to share their artwork and tell their stories. The MAP Foundation was founded in 2002 by artist Michele Angelo Petrone.


Marie Curie

If you’re living with a terminal illness or caring for someone, Marie Curie Nurses, hospices and support services are here for you.


Mesothelioma UK

Mesothelioma UK is a national specialist resource centre, specifically for the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. The charity is dedicated to providing specialist mesothelioma information, support and education, and to improving care and treatment for all UK mesothelioma patients and their carers.

The charity integrates into NHS front line services to ensure specialist mesothelioma nursing is available at the point of need. This is achieved through a growing network of specialist mesothelioma nurses, regionally based in NHS hospitals but funded by Mesothelioma UK.

Visit Mesothelioma UK

My Health My Way

My Health My Way is a non-clinical personal support service for people living in Dorset whose daily lives are affected by a health condition. They provide one-to-one coaching, telephone support, group work, online tools and structured support groups.

The service is provided by My Health Dorset Partnership for the NHS in Dorset.

0303 303 0153

The National Cancer Survivorship Initiative

A partnership between the Department of Health and Macmillan Cancer Support, supported by NHS Improvement. Its aim is to ensure that those living with and beyond cancer get the care and support they need to lead as healthy and active a life as possible, for as long as possible.


NHS Cancer Resources

The link below will take you to the main NHS page for cancer – with links to specific areas and information on the different types and cancer and treatment options.


Visit NHS Cancer website

The Penny Brohn Centre, Bristol

Groundbreaking cancer centre supporting men and women affected by cancer at any stage of their illness, as well as their families and supporters. It runs highly recommended residential courses.


Shine Cancer Support

Shine is working to create a community of young adults with cancer.  All of their work is designed to bring people closer together and ensure that they get the support they need.

Visit Shine Cancer Support


A support group for young people who have a parent with cancer.


Rising Voices

Rising Voices is a community singing group for people living with and beyond cancer in Dorset, Hants and Wiltshire. In addition to the main choir based in Poole, there is a small singing group in Bridport connected to The Living Tree in Bridport.


St Margaret’s Hospice Care, Somerset

St. Margaret’s Hospice has been at the heart of Somerset’s community for over 37 years, delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.

Visit St Margaret’s Hospice Care

Soul Midwife – Beth Webb

Beth Webb is a soul midwife based in the Axminster area offering comfort, support and reassurance to help a dying person experience the death he or she wants as well as support for the family.

Soul Midwives are non-medical, holistic companions who guide and support the dying in order to facilitate a gentle and tranquil death.

Soul Midwives

  • listen, provide gentle therapeutic techniques and ensure compassionate care at all times
  • work holistically with both the spirit and the soul of the dying person
  • keep a loving vigil
  • create and hold a sacred and healing space for the dying person
  • recognise and support the individual needs of the departing soul to enable a tranquil death
  • use sound, touch, colour and smell and other gentle techniques to help alleviate pain and anxiety
  • support families and loved ones

You can contact Beth by telephone : 07920 100575 or email

The SemiColons Bowel Cancer Support

The SemiColons Bowel Cancer Support Group gives support and information to patients and their families, their carers and friends, who have experience of bowel cancer in Dorset.

The group meet socially for a coffee and a chat every month at The Walnut Grove, Dorchester and the Grove Hotel, Bournemouth. They also have an Isle of Purbeck (Swanage) branch who also organise events. Please visit the website for contact details.

The group provides an opportunity to share views, find out more about new developments and further learning, support and social activities. It can also be helpful and encouraging to be in an environment with people who have been through similar experiences.

Visit The SemiColons website

Thai Chi – Maggi Marciniak

Maggi Marciniak is registered with the Complementary Therapists Association (CTHA) , the leading professional association for Complementary Therapists in the UK and Ireland. She is also qualified with the International Institute of Health & Holistic Therapies (IHHT).

Maggie offers both seated and traditional Thai Chi classes. The seated class is on a  Monday morning from  10.30-11.30am (then time for a cuppa and homemade cake) at the Bradshaw room in the Heritage Centre, Axminster. The new term starts on Monday 7th January 2019, we close for the whole of December. The cost is £5 per class or £25 for six consecutive  classes as we agreed.

We have two standing classes: one on a Monday afternoon from 2 to 3 pm then time for a cuppa and homemade cake. The cost of this class is £7 per class or £35 for six consecutive classes.

The other class is on a Thursday morning at Chardstock community centre from 10.30 to 11.30 am and the cost is £6 per class.

Please see Weycroft Bridge Therapies website for full details. Or you can contact Maggi on 01297 32095 or 07951 402717.

Visit Weycroft Bridge Therapies

Thyroid Cancer Support West

Patient-led support group. It aims to provide support for anyone affected by thyroid cancer in the West of England. Support is given through meetings and by email. The group is also developing a “buddy” system


Tripudio Movement Systems

Tripudio is movement with a focus on the fluid systems of the body, including the lymphatic system and the cardiovascular system. Principles from manual lymphatic drainage massage are combined with fascia (connective tissue) release techniques and translated into movements.

Tripudio stretches focus on releasing tension, fascia and scar tissue, all of which are thought to inhibit lymphatic health. Tripudio is therefore aimed at post-surgical rehabilitation, such as after breast cancer or prostate cancer.

Visit Tripudio Movement Systems

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust

Provides specialist palliative care in north, south and west Dorset, including holistic therapies.


Wessex Cancer Trust

The Trust provides one-off grants for extra expenses to cancer patients within the Wessex region and have two holiday caravans available in New Milton and Weymouth.


World Cancer Research Fund International

In 2014 the World Cancer Research Fund International published this report on Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Breast Cancer Survivors. It examines the influence of certain dietary and life style aspects on the survival rate of people with breast cancer.

WHY – We Hear You Cancer Counselling

We Hear You works across Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset and Wiltshire providing emotional support to patients, families, friends and carers who have been touched by cancer or any other life threatening condition.

At We Hear You they understand that cancer and life threatening conditions can be overwhelming. People who use their service often report feeling numb, isolated and terrified and struggling to cope. WHY provides a safe space where people can say the unsayable and ask the unanswerable.

Visit We Hear You

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults


Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility:

Safeguarding vulnerable adults is a part of the wider role of safeguarding and promoting welfare.   This refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect specific vulnerable adults who are suffering or are at risk of suffering significant harm.   As adults and/or professionals or volunteers, everyone has a responsibility to safeguard vulnerable adults and promote their welfare.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults – and in particular protecting them from significant harm – depends upon effective joint working between agencies and professionals that have different roles and expertise.

Some of the most vulnerable adults and those at greatest risk of social exclusion, will need co-ordinated help from health, education, social care, and quite possibly the voluntary sector and other agencies, including justice services.

For those vulnerable adults who are suffering, or at risk of suffering significant harm, joint working is essential, to safeguard and promote their welfare and – where necessary – to help bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes against them.   All agencies and professionals should:

  • be alert to potential indicators of abuse or neglect;
  • be alert to the risks which individual abusers, or potential abusers, may pose to vulnerable adults;
  • share and help to analyse information so that an assessment can be made of the individual’s needs and circumstances;
  • contribute to whatever actions are needed to safeguard and promote the individual’s welfare;
  • take part in regularly reviewing the outcomes for the individual against specific plans; and
  • work co-operatively with parents and/or other carers unless this is inconsistent with ensuring the individual’s safety.

As one of its major activities the charity seeks to serve the needs of vulnerable adults, promoting holistic development.

In doing so the charity takes seriously the welfare of all vulnerable adults who come onto its premises or who are involved in its activities.

The charity aims to ensure that they are welcomed into a safe, caring environment with a happy and friendly atmosphere.

The charity recognises that it is the responsibility of each one of its staff, paid and unpaid, to prevent the neglect, physical, sexual or emotional abuse of vulnerable adults and to report any abuse discovered or suspected.

The charity recognises its responsibility to implement, maintain and regularly review procedures, which are designed to prevent and to be alert to such abuse.

The charity is committed to supporting, resourcing and training those who work with vulnerable adults and to providing supervision.

The charity is committed to maintaining good links with the statutory social services authorities.


For reasons of consistency and practicality, the charity’s procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults will be the same as those for safeguarding children and young people (qv) except where the law, or the specific circumstances of an individual’s need require otherwise.

Change Record

Date of Change:Changed By:Comments:
05/02/2020DLDPolicy approved by the Trustees


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