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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0800 7720723 to book a place and a time.
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.
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:
We are now providing videos of seated-exercise both on the website and YouTube.
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/
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: