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Our new programme of events provides information and opportunities for discussion on areas of relevance to people affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Anyone wishing to attend a session must meet the Sara Lee Trust Referral Criteria and be referred by a healthcare professional. On receiving a referral we will contact you to make your booking/s. Places are limited and all attendees must have a confirmed booking. Sessions are suitable for people affected by cancer and other life-threatening illness and their carers/loved ones, with the exception of some sessions, which are available only to people directly affected by the topic.

All sessions take place at The Sara Lee Trust Therapy Centre in Bexhill.


May


Young Women & Cancer

Wednesday 1 May, 6:30pm - 8pm

A session for young women (aged 18 and over) who have been affected by cancer. To share experiences, benefit from advice and discuss some of the problems encountered, including the potential impact of illness and treatment on fertility.

Suitable for Young women affected by cancer only.

Delivered by Anne Bromley and Alex Pop, former service users of The Sara Lee Trust


Sex & Intimacy for women affected by cancer

Wednesday 8 May, 6:30pm - 8pm

Maintaining or resuming intimate/sexual relations can be problematic for people affected by cancer and their loved ones. Emotional and physical changes can affect libido and our sensual experience. Discussion, advice and support.

Suitable for Women affected by cancer only.

Delivered by Maggie Barrett, Macmillan Gynae Oncology CNS and Kerry Evans, Services Manager and Counsellor at The Sara Lee Trust


Making Plans for the End

Wednesday 15 May, 6:30pm - 8pm

We will provide a safe and supportive space to explore this vital aspect of our lives. Depending on what the group wants on the day, we can explore different funeral ideas, venues, plans, including DIY and alternative ways of ceremony and celebration, and /or we can focus on more immediate thoughts around what you might want, need, be able to embrace in the last days of life. Although this is difficult to think about and talk about, given the right time and place, it can be fun, moving, and a relief to play with ideas around our ending, just as we might plan for a birth. We call it advance planning - and once it is written down, it can be stored away and forgotten about, so that thoughts can turn towards life again.

Suitable for Patients and carers/loved ones.

Delivered by Deborah Kelly, Arts Psychotherapist & Group Facilitator at The Sara Lee Trust, and former palliative care nurse


Look Good Feel Better

Wednesday 22 May, 6pm – 8pm

Our Look Good Feel Better beauty therapists will pass on tricks of the trade to help boost your confidence and self-esteem. You will learn vital skills from helping to correct uneven skin tone to re-creating missing eyebrows.

Suitable for women of all ages and skin tone, affected by life-threatening illness.

Delivered by Look Good Feel Better beauty therapists


Creative Writing Therapy

Wednesday 29 May, 6:30pm – 8pm

An introduction to using creative writing as a tool for exploring and processing thoughts and feelings around a life threatening diagnosis.

Suitable for Patients and carers/loved ones.

Delivered by Andrea Samuelson, life writing tutor



June


Healthy Cooking

Wednesday 5 June, 6:30pm - 8pm

An introduction to healthy cooking for people affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses

Suitable for Patients and carers/loved ones.

Delivered by Isabelle Endreo, cook, teacher and former service user of The Sara Lee Trust


Lymphoedema

Wednesday 12 June, 6:30pm - 8pm

Managing lymphoedema. Discussion, advice and support.

Suitable for People affected by lymphoedema only.

Delivered by Jane Board, Lymphoedema Consultant Nurse Practitioner and Julia Anderson, Lymphoedema Practitioner / Lymphoedema Specialist Services


An Introduction to Music Therapy

Wednesday 19 June, 6:30pm - 8pm

An interactive introductory workshop on the potential benefits of music therapy for people affected by life-threatening illness.

Suitable for Patients and carers/loved ones.

Delivered by Olivia Volou from Creative Note


Creative Therapy

Wednesday 26 June, 6:30pm - 8pm

This evening session will introduce how working with metaphor, stories and images can help us play, express feelings, and also, perhaps more significantly, find ways through difficulties, by using what psychologists might call our ‘innate wisdom’. This is not about art, or being ‘creative’ and requires no skills. We will use ready-made images (postcard images) and our imagination, through visualisation and story, to explore the healing potential of the arts and imagination.

Suitable for Patients and carers/loved ones.

Delivered by Deborah Kelly, Arts Psychotherapist & Group Facilitator at The Sara Lee Trust, and former palliative care nurse



July


Men & Cancer

Wednesday 3 July, 6:30pm - 8pm

A session for men who have been affected by cancer. To discuss some of the problems encountered, share experiences and benefit from advice.

Suitable for Men affected by cancer only.

Delivered by Joe Hinds, former counsellor at The Sara Lee Trust and Michael O’Rourke, counsellor at The Sara Lee Trust


Hair Loss

Wednesday 10 July, 6pm – 8pm

Hair loss support workshop

Suitable for People affected by hair loss or the prospect of hair loss relating to their illness/treatment.

Delivered by Cris Benn at HeadWrappers


Stoma Support

Wednesday 17 July, 6:30pm – 8pm

A session for people living with stomas. Shared experiences, discussion and support.

Suitable for People living with a stoma or the prospect of living with a stoma.

Delivered by Liza Waller, counsellor and mindfulness practitioner with the Sara Lee Trust


Legal Matters

Wednesday 24 July, 6:30pm – 8pm

Demystifying legal matters. Making choices, important documents, power of attorney, making a will, and other issues to consider.

Suitable for Patients and carers/loved ones.



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