Supporting each other
Meet and spend time with others in a similar situation and make living well part of your daily life through our supportive groups.
Find out more about available groups below or call our Helpline on 0845 123 23 10 for more information.
Drop in groups
Self Help Techniques
Take time out to learn and practise the self help techniques of relaxation, meditation and imagery. This is a supportive group that helps you deepen your experience and understanding of these techniques, and include them in your daily life.
The group runs on Wednesday mornings from 11.45am – 12.45pm for a maximum of 10 participants.
Invitation to the Practice of Meditation
Most people, even very experienced practitioners, find it easier and more powerful to meditate in a group with others. Sharing your experience and talking with others engaged in developing a mediation practice is also very helpful.
This group offers an ongoing place to deepen your practice of meditation and support you in making meditation part of your daily life.
Those who have already been on an Invitation to the Practice of Meditation course, can continue to drop in for meditation and support on Friday mornings from 10.30am - 12pm.
Nordic Walking Group
Our Nordic Walking Instructor takes you for a walk using poles in the beautiful countryside around our Centre. The poles help support you and make walking feel easier, and exercise your arms and upper body at the same time. This is a gentle, accessible, enjoyable and effective form of aerobic exercise, giving you a safe and supported route to increased physical fitness and health.
No special equipment is needed – just wear what you normally would to go for a walk. Poles are provided. We walk in light rain, and exercise indoors when the weather is really bad.
You can use the drop in sessions to have a go and see if you like it, or to help you have fun and keep fit after you have come to the six week course. Drop in on Tuesday afternoons from 2 – 3.30pm.
Healthy Cooking Demonstration
Would you like to learn how to cook some of our delicious dishes in your own kitchen? Are you confused about what to do with some of the new foods you may have come across here? Interested in how to keep your family happy with any changes you are thinking of making in their diet?
Healthy Cooking Demonstrations help you do all these things and more. You will learn new recipes and ways of cooking, find out about how to cook foods that may be unfamiliar, and be able to ask questions.
Drop in sessions, for a maximum of 12 participants, run on Thursday mornings from 10.30am – 12pm. Please be ready to start promptly. Please check dates as this group does not run every week
Emotional and Psychological Support for People with Cancer
The Bristol Approach grew out of the shared experience of people who knew what it is like to have cancer. Many people tell us that the most important part of the Approach for them is the opportunity to talk to other people in the same boat and share ideas, information and inspiration.
This confidential group led by an experienced and highly trained counsellor gives you an opportunity to voice your hopes, fears and frustrations, without worrying that you will upset someone you care about. It includes regular relaxation and will help you learn ways to manage the emotional strain of living with cancer.
This group runs three times a year for 10 weeks, with a maximum of eight participants. Participants are invited to meet the facilitator individually before the group starts to find out more.
Invitation to the Practice of Meditation
Meditation is a structured practise that focuses the mind on a particular object of attention. The point of this is to gradually become more aware – of our thoughts and mental habits, of our emotions, of our relationship with the rest of life, and of our bodies. Increased awareness leads to more opportunities for making choices about how we want to be.
Meditation can be challenging to learn and practice, but also extremely rewarding. This structured five week group teaches you how to meditate, and helps you begin to use meditation as part of your daily life.
The five week course runs on Fridays. Its starts with a short day course from 10am – 3pm (including lunch) to learn the basic practice, followed by ongoing weekly sessions from 10.30am – 12 noon. Once you have completed the course, you can continue to drop in to the Friday sessions.
Yoga is a traditional exercise practise focussing on flexibility, relaxation and core strength. It uses a range of different “poses” designed to gently stretch different parts of the body. There is a strong focus on using the breath to support movement and relaxation.
Research suggests that yoga may help ease symptoms such as anxiety, depression, stress and fatigue, and improve physical fitness, quality of life and wellbeing. Yoga is believed to be safe for people with cancer to practise, with the guidance of a qualified and experienced teacher.
Yoga Thrive is a seven week course in yoga designed especially for people living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. Maximum 10 participants per course.