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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.


April


Learning Gentle Massage Techniques

Wednesday 3 April, 6:30pm – 8pm

Providing gentle massage to loved ones when they are affected by cancer can be a wonderful way to soothe, relax and maintain closeness. In this session you will learn simple, safe and appropriate massage techniques.

Suitable for Patients and carers/loved ones.

Delivered by Gaynor Medhurst & Amanda Young, complementary therapists at The Sara Lee Trust


An Introduction to Mindfulness

Wednesday 10 April, 6:30pm – 8pm

Mindfulness is an invaluable tool for learning to live with turbulent emotions, helping us discover alternative ways of responding, instead of following ‘default’ reactions. In this session you will be guided through some simple meditations and learn how to start using mindfulness in everyday life.

Suitable for Patients and carers/loved ones.

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


Creative Stitching for Chemo Days and Waiting Rooms

Wednesday 17 April, 6:30PM - 8pm

Stitching and other crafts can be extremely therapeutic when life revolves around hospital appointments. Come and learn some simple ways to get a portable craft project started.

Suitable for Patients and carers/loved ones.

Delivered by Johanna Di Maggio, Textile Artist and Educator


Aromatherapy in the Home

Wednesday 24 April, 6:30pm - 8pm

Guidance on how to use aromatherapy oils in the home to aid relaxation and provide relief from symptoms and the side effects of treatment. This session will include advice on use of essential oils in diffusers, in the bath, massage oil etc.

Suitable for Patients and carers/loved ones.

Delivered by Gaynor Medhurst, Aromatherapist at The Sara Lee Trust



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

Choices for end of life care, funerals, burials and other considerations

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


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

An introduction to creative therapy

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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