Why join a support group?

Many people living with cancer find that joining a group where they can meet people who have similar experiences to their own can make them feel less isolated. A group provides social and emotional support, there are social events and speakers.

You are able to talk about your experiences and share stories with people who have also been affected by cancer.

We understand what you are going through and this may help you feel less alone. There is a lot of research that shows support groups can really help people to come to terms with cancer and its treatment, and to live well afterwards.

What can I expect when I go to a support group meeting?

Support groups are all different, but the one thing we have in common is that there’s a warm and supportive welcome for anyone who attends meetings – whether they’re regular attenders or coming for the first time. The best thing to do is to have a chat with the support group leader so you can find out about the group. They can even arrange to meet you, or have another group member meet you so that you can go into the meeting together.

How can I start a support group?

Please check the list of support groups on this site. There isn’t a group for every cancer because there are many different cancers. If you want to start another one please get in touch we are happy to help.

Where can I get advice on running a support group?

That’s what we are here for! We are not claiming we have all the answers but the network is made up of people running existing groups and we aim by meeting, training and talking together to help individual leaders to run their group well. Why don’t you get in touch?

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