Virtual Cancer Week – Charity and Support Village

Thank you to all those who sent information on their local charity and/or support service. Below you will find information from the following:

  1. 5K Your Way
  2. ABC Diagnosis
  3. Bolton Cancer Voices
  4. BCCWW
  5. Breast Cancer Now
  6. The Macmillan Information and Support Service at the Northern Care Alliance
  7. Macmillan Cancer Support – Salford
  8. Macmillan Cancer Support – North West
  9. Maggie’s Manchester
  10. Mind Manchester
  11. Metup UK
  12. Neuroendocrine Cancer UK
  13. Prevent Breast Cancer
  14. Shine Cancer Support
  15. CATTS – Cancer Awareness for Teens and Twenties
  16. Cancer Research UK Facilitators

5k Your Way

Our goal through 5k Your Way is to encourage and support those living with and beyond cancer to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer with their 5k Your Way group at their local parkrun event. We create an opportunity for these individuals to be part of an active community alongside their family, friends and those working in cancer services. This will help them all achieve the recommended guidelines for physical activity and improve overall wellbeing.

Our community is made up of participants and volunteers; individuals who have been affected by cancer. Currently, we have 65 5k Your Way groups across the UK and Ireland involving over 180 ambassadors who all volunteer to lead their group. Each group is linked to their local parkrun event, we have the backing of the parkrun directors and our groups align brilliantly with the fantastic community of parkrun. 


Instagram @5kyourway
Facebook Group
Facebook Page


Abcdiagnosis is an organisation and network offering peer to peer support for people with breast cancer. Aiming to reduce fear, anxiety and isolation, while supporting them to resume normal life, living both with and beyond cancer.
Twitter: @abcdiagnosis

Free eBook: ABCDiagnosis – Book
Motivational Exercise Weekend for Breast Cancer Patients: ABCD Exercise Retreat (

Infographics for red flag symptoms of secondary breast cancer that are now included in the Greater Manchester End of Treatment Summary report SBC Infographics (

Bolton Cancer Voices

We are a dedicated Choir for people aged over 18  living with or beyond cancer of any type, based in Bolton, though we have no geographical restrictions on membership.

Our website – has lots of information on our past activities.

We’d like to recruit some new members and encourage more people to follow us on Facebook and / or Twitter – details on the flyer below

Enquiries to Karen 01204 595562 / 07773 164235


An online twitter chat for that happens every Tuesday 9-10pm (GMT) using the hashtag #bccww 

Supporting all breast cancer patients.

Twitter: @bccww

Breast Cancer Now

At Breast Cancer Now we’re powered by our life-changing care. Our breast care nurses, expertly trained staff and volunteers, and award-winning information make sure anyone diagnosed with breast cancer can get the support they need to help them to live well with the physical and emotional impact of the disease. Whether you’re dealing with the news of your diagnosis, managing the ongoing side effects of treatment, want to improve your overall wellbeing or talk to others in a similar situation, our free services are here for anyone affected by breast cancer.

Support for patients


Social media channels:
Instagram: @breastcancernow

The Macmillan Information and Support Service at the Northern Care Alliance

The Macmillan Information and Support Service at the Northern Care Alliance

Supporting patients in Bury, Oldham, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale

The Macmillan Information and Support Service is based at The Royal Oldham Hospital. We provide information and support on practical, emotional or financial issues for people affected by cancer. This may include:

  • Emotional support – we can provide listening ear and referring on to other psychological support services if required.
  • Financial advice and support – including referrals to a local Macmillan benefits advisor.
  • Support for family members – including information for carers and referrals to local carer’s support. We can also make referrals and talk about services that support children.
  • Practical advice – including advice on housing, work or will writing.
  • Health and wellbeing information – information on diet, exercise and psychological wellbeing. We can also make referrals to local healthy living schemes or exercise referral programmes.
  • Body image concerns – this might include worries about hair loss, weight loss, weight gain or scars. We provide a range of information or can refer on to specialised services for further support.
  • Information on local support groups – we have information on support groups that are specific to certain types of cancer or those run by local cancer centres.
  • Bereavement support – we can talk about the support available for people struggling with bereavement. This includes practical information on things like bereavement payments as well as a listening ear. We can also refer or signpost to services that support children.
  • Complementary therapies – these might include aromatherapy, massage or ‘Look Good Feel Better’ workshops.
  • Community services – we can refer to services who may support people in the community such as Macmillan Oldham 1-1, local hospice wellbeing services or social prescribers.
  • Information – we can provide information on a range of cancer related topics including all of the above as well as fatigue, specific treatment, side effects, diet, travel and insurance, and more. We can also provide information in other languages and formats such as Easy Read.

We provide can provide support to patients at The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital ad Rochdale Infirmary. Patients who are coming to an appointment or currently an inpatient at one of these hospitals can access support by calling 0161 656 1026 or emailing

Macmillan Cancer Support, Salford

Macmillan Cancer Support, North West

At Macmillan Cancer Support, we give people with cancer everything we’ve got. If you’re diagnosed, your worries are our worries. We will move mountains to help you live life as fully as you can.And we don’t stop there. We’re going all out to find ever better ways to help people with cancer, helping to bring forward the day when everyone gets life-transforming support from day one.We’ll do whatever it takes.

For information, support or just someone to talk to, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit

Website: Macmillan Cancer Support

Social media channels:
Macmillan in the North West | Facebook 
Twitter: @MacmillanNW

Maggie’s Manchester

Visit a centre

Our professional teams are here to listen to your concerns and guide you to the right information. Just come in. Get information about how to manage when you or someone you care about has cancer. There are lots of ways we’ll be able to support you.

Courses and workshops
Our courses and workshops are designed to help you live well with cancer and we’ll help you find what’s most appropriate for you.

Support groups

We run groups where you can meet people in a similar situation and get information about your type of cancer.

Friends and family
We can help you find ways to have difficult conversations, support you with changes in your life or help you adapt to being a carer.

Visit our website
Twitter – @MaggiesManc
Instagram- Maggiesmanchester

Mind Manchester

Manchester Mind is a local mental health charity. Founded as Hulme Action Research Project in 1989, the charity affiliated with national Mind in 2011 to become one of over 100 independent local Mind associations.

Manchester Mind offers a range of services across the Manchester region, supporting better mental health for all.

Throughout the pandemic Manchester Mind has continued to support thousands of young people and adults with support, information and training.


Social Media:

Metup UK

Metupuk is the ONLY patient advocacy group in the UK. We are here to push & promote issues with secondary/metastatic breast cancer.  Our objectives & strategy focus on key areas that need to change. Join us to make change. 

Twitter: @METUPUKorg 

Neuroendocrine Cancer UK

Our purpose is to support and inform patients and families from diagnosis, enabling access to the best care and treatment, whilst stimulating Neuroendocrine Cancer research, increasing national awareness and influencing improvements in outcomes.

All our patient support is free of charge to the Neuroendocrine Cancer community in the UK.

Our website is a constant source of info for both patients and medics:

This is the link to one of our most visited pages on Research Projects and give info on coping with cancer and mental health support, as well as latest developments and signposting.

Click here to read our abstract on: Survey of Challenges in Access to Diagnostics and Treatment for Neuroendocrine Tumour Patients (SCAN)

Prevent Breast Cancer

Prevent Breast Cancer is the only UK charity funding ground-breaking research solely aimed at preventing breast cancer for future generations. Predict. Prevent. Protect. You could call it our mantra.

Join our Power of Prevent community:


Social Media:
Facebook – @WeArePreventBreastCancer
Instagram – @preventbreastcancer
Twitter – @wearepreventBC
LinkedIn – Prevent Breast Cancer

Shine Cancer Support

Shine Cancer Support is the only charity in the UK that provides support to younger adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s. We provide peer support and tailored information on a range of topics including relationships and dating, mental health, sex and working after cancer. We have a number of private Facebook groups, 19 Shine Networks across the country (currently meeting up virtually), as well as a range of online (and, when permitted, in-person) programmes.

Twitter: @shinecancersupp 
Instagram: @shinecancersupport

CATTS (Cancer Awareness for Teens and Twenties)

We’re the charity here to ensure more young people know the signs and symptoms of cancer, whatever their background. We’re passionate about young people feeling empowered about their own health, and encouraging them to go to the doctor when something doesn’t feel right.


Cancer Research UK Facilitators

The Facilitator programme supports healthcare professionals and organisations to improve prevention and early diagnosis. We offer free tailored, practical support to help you change the way you manage cancer.

We help the health system to:

  • Support cancer prevention and promote healthy lifestyles
  • Support health professionals manage the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Increase informed uptake of screening programmes
  • Improve recognition and referral of symptomatic cancers
  • Improve diagnostic access and capacity

For information visit: