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Alleviating the physical and emotional distress of cancer patients and their carers

Free relaxation therapies, friendship and support

Free Support
The opportunity for mutual support with people who understand and know what you are going through, make new friends, be yourself, and have some fun.
Free Therapy
Including individual and collective relaxation sessions
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Free Social Outings
A Place To Go
To off-load, to recharge, or to meet other people who know what you are going through
Free cuppa and a chat
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and surrounding areas

AmazonSmile Donations

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support a charity of your choice every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.co.uk on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. 

Alternatively visit Amazon Smile’s Acorn Cancer Support Group page to easily activate Acorn as your chosen organisation for Amazon to donate to.
 
Amazon’s annual Prime Day event will be held on 21 – 22 June and this year, AmazonSmile is doubling the donation rate for Prime members.
 
All Prime members who activate AmazonSmile in their Amazon mobile app between now and the end of Prime Day will generate a 10x donation (that’s 5%!) on their first AmazonSmile-eligible purchase on Prime Day.

St Bernard Support

St Bernard Support continues to host online and telephone help sessions on financial well being matters for people with cancer and other illnesses, their families and their carers.

The online help sessions take place every 2nd Tuesday of each month with hourly sessions starting from 10am and ending at 9pm. Individual one-to-one sessions are also available online or by telephone at other times.

Areas where we can help in the sessions include pensions, welfare benefits, insurances, wills & lasting powers of attorney etc.

SBS does not charge people accessing our online or telephone help sessions and anybody is free to participate, whether they be an individual affected by an illness, a family member or a professional caregiver.

Individuals who wish to participate in the help sessions need to e-mail help@s-b-s.org.uk or telephone 0800 7720723 to book a place and a time.

Stop Press!

Acorn is gradually beginning to open again but with restricted numbers at Ramsey and Huntingdon. In parallel with that we are pleased to announce that The Postcode Community Trust (Postcode Lottery Fund) have given a grant of £500 to Acorn to provide seated exercise to our members at the meetings. We thank the Trust and those who contribute to the Postcode Lottery Fund for their help.

Acorn are seeking a new volunteer to act as Secretary for the group. If you have a little time to help this worthwhile local charity we would love to hear from you.

Duties will include the preparation and taking of minutes for the Agenda for Quarterly meetings of the Trustees (including AGM), setting up Zoom meetings while social distancing is required, and preparation of the annual report.

After a suitable period of induction there are opportunities to be involved with other aspects of the charity.

Please CONTACT US for further information.

COVID-19 – Notices (updated 21/02/21)

To current members

Following Government guidelines on social distancing, Acorn support meetings are currently restricted, and outings are suspended.  Meetings are only taking place where guidelines allowing us to operate practically and safely within any current rules can be followed. In the meantime, we are doing our best to keep the Acorn family together, and engaged, using on-line technology as far as possible:

  • To anything you are doing to keep in touch with Acorn friends, volunteers have come forward to ring around regularly to a group of members and check on well-being.
  • You might like to make use of the Acorn Coffee Club on Facebook, which was set up for exactly the purpose of keeping in touch in-between our support meetings.  If you would like access to this Facebook private group let your Acorn “buddy” know, or email. You will then receive an invitation to join the group and a link to the private chat area.

We are now providing videos of seated-exercise both on the website and YouTube. 

  • Seated exercise sessions with Becky are accessible via the Therapy tab above. Sessions on YouTube can be accessed directly through a smart TV with the search parameter “acorn cancer support group” or played onto a laptop via a link on our main Facebook page
  • Creative visualisation session, a relaxation recording with Gill, is also available through the website Therapy tab

Do try these and let us have some feedback. Use the email link above if you wish.

To anyone newly affected by cancer

We are conscious of the uncertainty, worry and loneliness you may be feeling.  With that in mind we would like to offer you the chance to speak to someone who knows what you are going through – and who could be a “buddy” as you cope with the new issues you face.  They will also be able to keep you informed on when we will be in a position to start our free support meetings and free social outings again.

If you would like to take up this offer, then either call Julia on 07739 934524 or email using the tab above

Please indicate how you would like contact to be made. This could be by phone initially but then move to Skype, or Facetime if that works for you. If either of the latter two was something you might like to use at some point, then please tell us and we would then match you to one of our members who has the same facility.

Alternatively, Macmillan provide a buddy service at macmillan.org.uk/telephonebuddies or on 0808 808 00 00.

There is a difference between what we offer via our website currently and this new Macmillan buddy service. The latter is for anyone who is actually worried about their cancer itself, e.g. some new symptoms perhaps. The Acorn system is for anyone who is lonely or feels very isolated because of lockdown.

In the meantime, do try our seated exercise and relaxation sessions described in the section above, and let us know what you think.

MacMillan also offer a range of information, advice and support, you can:

 
Macmillan would also like to hear from you if you have been affected by disruption to treatment during this time, if you would like to take this SURVEY.
By sharing your story with them, you can help make sure decision makers are doing everything in their power to allow cancer care to continue.

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