Charities and support groups

Charities and support groups provide valuable support to patients living with cancer. We will be developing this section over time to share details of charities supported by our Pathway Boards.


CALLplus is a local charity providing emotional support and home-based practical help to people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, along with those closest to them, such as family, friends and carers. Our services are delivered by specially trained volunteers who are managed by a team of professional staff.

Our staff and volunteers are friendly, approachable and ready to listen to your concerns whether you are living with cancer or another life-limiting illness yourself or are in a caring role.

Services are tailored to each individual or family, but they can include the following to help you manage your illness or that of a loved one:

  • Listening and befriending: talking through difficulties and concerns
  • Respite sitting, allowing carers time to themselves
  • Practical help such as shopping
  • Driving and support for a hospital appointment or treatment
  • Social activities, days out, coffee mornings, relaxation sessions
  • Information about local services and support networks

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Maggie’s Centres

Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends. Built in the grounds of NHS hospitals, our Centres are warm and welcoming places, with professional staff on hand to offer the support you need to find your way through cancer. Maggie’s Centres are places to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; places where qualified experts provide emotional support; places to meet other people or simply to sit quietly with a cup of tea.

We are currently constructing a Maggie’s Centre at The Christie which will open in early 2016.

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Manchester Lymphoma Association Support Group

Have you been affected by Hodgkin or non Hodgkin lymphoma? Would you like to meet other people who have experienced lymphoma, or are living with the condition?

We are a friendly and caring group. Family members and friends are welcome.

Meetings are usually held in the Christie Hospital, Manchester M20 4BX from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

We appreciate that it may be daunting for new people to attend a meeting for the first time, particularly if you have had a recent diagnosis. If you would like to chat to one of our group before you visit, please feel free to contact one of our members.

If you are considering going to a support group meeting and would like to find out more, please call one of the group contacts (Ann: 0790 6098784, Sue: 0161 439 7971) or see our website.

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Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is the UK’s only charity dedicated to those affected by cervical cancer.

We provide information and support including;

  • A support group in Manchester which offers the opportunity for you to meet other women in your area.
  • An online forum where women can share experiences.
  • The opportunity to send a confidential question to our Ask The Expert service.
  • A website with up to date information written and reviewed by experts. We have specific information for women with incurable cervical cancer.
  • A wide range of factsheets and materials.
  • A dedicated helpline 0808 802 8000

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Mesothelioma Patient and Carers Support Group

Currently the provision of support groups for patients with mesothelioma and their carers across Manchester Cancer  is patchy and where in place mesothelioma patients meet alongside lung cancer patients. The Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group provides an excellent service assisting patients with benefits, compensation, driving the political agenda and supporting bereaved relatives but they do not run a support group for patients and carers living with mesothelioma. However, the existing support group and mesothelioma suffers frequently highlight the need for a support group which better meets the needs of patients and carers currently suffering with mesothelioma.

The Living Well with Mesothelioma Patient and Carers Group was launched on 5th October 2015 and will meet at: Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester City Centre, on the first Monday of each month at 1.30 to 3.30 pm.

The group will be able to network and gain support from each other and also there will be an information session at each meeting. Topics such as pain and symptom control, the importance if diet, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, complementary therapies and wellbeing will  be included in a programme of topics for each meeting.

For further information, please contact Lorraine Creech, Mesothelioma Nurse Specialist on 0161 291 5320.

Cancer Support Groups in the City of Manchester & Surrounding Areas

June 2016

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