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Services Update

To sign up for the HOPE for carers, Move Dance Feel classes or the singing or walking groups or for further information, please call Angela on 020 7924 3924.

Macmillan HOPE course for carers, family members and friends supporting someone with cancer

The HOPE (Helping Overcome Problems Effectively) Time and Space course is designed to help carers improve their physical and emotional well-being. The course covers the following:
  • Dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, guilt and fatigue.
  • Meet other carers with similar concerns and experiences.
  • Achieving goals.
  • Solving problems.
  • Healthy eating and physical activity, increasing psychological and emotional well being.
The course will take place on Tuesday 5th and 12th March from 3-6pm.

Move Dance Feel

The Move Dance Feel workshop (women only) is on again, running on Thursday mornings from 10.30am to 12.30am, from 17 January to 28 March. The wordle above shows the impact the programme has had so far, with many women reporting that they feel centered, energised and happy. Come for the full 10 weeks or just drop in when you can. Previous participants are welcome to join for another 10 weeks.

Walking Group

It is well documented that walking improves wellbeing and builds up stamina. Joining a walking group is a good way to exercise while chatting to other people. From the 30th January Paul’s Centre client, Rosie, will be leading fortnightly walks starting from the bandstand in Battersea Park at 10.15, finishing at Paul’s Centre. The walk will last around 45 minutes.

Monthly Social Morning

The next social mornings will be held on Tuesdays 5 February and 5 March from 11am to 12.30pm.

To see our full January to March wellbeing calendar, please click here.

Couples relationship counselling

When you or someone you care about is trying to manage a diagnosis of cancer, it can be a difficult time and may bring additional strain and stress to the relationship. The physical and emotional effects of cancer and its treatments can affect both personal and sexual relationships. Couples may experience a range of emotions that prove to be difficult to talk about together. Appointments last for 50 minutes and this time enables you to talk with and listen to your partner within a safe and neutral space. It can help you to explore your feelings and concerns, strengthen communication, gain a better understanding of each other and feel closer connected.

Psychosexual therapy

Adjusting to changes during and following cancer treatment can create difficulties within intimate relationships or how you feel sexually. Your body may feel, look, or react differently because of the effects of cancer treatments that can make you feel unwell or affect sexual response. The impact of this on your intimate relationship can often be difficult to talk to your partner about. Common problems include:
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Loss of intimacy
  • Unable to talk about sexual matters
  • Fear or anxiety about sex
  • Difficulty in accepting changes to the way the body looks or responds
  • Feelings of rejection
  • Difficulty with orgasm or painful sex
  • Inability to get or maintain an erection
Each appointment lasts for 50 minutes. The appointments will give you the opportunity to talk about the effect that your illness or treatment has had on you and your intimate relationship/s. If you have a partner, it is advisable that you attend together. This will give you both the space and opportunity to talk about the difficulties that you may be experiencing within your relationship. Exercises may be given to do at home and this is to help you to achieve your goals. Discussion of how you got on with the exercises will allow for progress to be monitored. You will never be asked to undress or do anything sexual in the therapy room.

For more information or to book an appointment, contact support@paulscancersupport.org.uk

Complementary Therapies

During March our complementary therapies will be suspended whilst we carry out a review and reorganisation of our therapies. We also hope to welcome a new Wellbeing and Support Officer to the team. Specialist therapies such as Scarwork and Manual Lymphatic Drainage for people diagnosed with lymphoedema will continue as normal along with our counselling service and Home Visiting Service.

Reflexology, shiatsu, craniosacral therapy, massage, hypnotherapy and Alexander Technique will resume in April.

Fundraising Update

December Hall of Fame!

We are thrilled that our Paul’s Carol Concert raised over £4,700! Huge thanks goes to our hosts, St Mary’s Church, Putney, and of course to our incredible sponsors Douglas & Gordon. We are also grateful to the wonderful Fulham Camerata Choir, to Glug Wines and to Stay Wild Flowers and Sainsbury’s Riverlight for supporting the event.

A big thank you goes to Holy Spirit Church, Clapham, who supported Paul’s through their Christmas collections, raising a fantastic £746!

Palace Gate Estates once again supported us at the Northcote Road Lights on and Christmas Fair and raised a staggering £863 – huge thanks to Charles and the team for all their hard work!

We had a wonderful day at Asda, Clapham Junction, where our Gift-Wrap stall fielded some challenging packages, and our stalwart bucket collectors braved the cold to raise a wonderful £422.

A big shout goes out to all those who volunteered to help with Paul’s fundraising activities during the busy festive season. We couldn’t have done it without you, and your support means the world to us!

Paul’s Spring Supper Quiz – Friday 22nd March 2019

Pit your wits against some of the finest brains in the area! We are pleased that the popular Paul’s Supper Quiz is returning once again this year, and we’d love you to join us.

Tickets: £160 per team of 8 (or £20 per person) – includes snacks and a welcome drink.

Bring a picnic supper.

To book call Hannah on 020 7924 3924 or email hannahs@paulscancersupport.org.uk

Do you shop at Waitrose?

Please pick up a Community Matters nomination form from the Customer Service desk at your local Waitrose and take 5 minutes to nominate Paul’s for the Green Tokens Scheme. This can raise up to £250 per branch, per month for Paul’s. The more nominations we get, the more chance we have of being selected.

Support us via your workplace

Does your employer have a Charity of the Year scheme? Or could your company make a donation to Paul’s, or contribute a raffle prize to help us with our fundraising? We would love to hear from you.

Please contact Hannah on 020 7924 3924 or email hannahs@paulscancersupport.org.uk

Jobs and Volunteering

We are recruiting a new part-time Wellbeing and Support Officer to coordinate our one-to-one therapies at the Centre. The post is 3 days per week, currently, Wednesday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. Click here to download the job description and here for the application form. Completed applications should be sent to Marisca Ribeiro, Services Manager at mariscar@paulscancersupport.org.uk or posted to: Paul’s Cancer Support Centre, 1st Floor, Battersea Methodist Mission, 20-22 York Road, London SW11 3QA.

Deadline for applications is 05.02.2019

Interviews will be held on 11.02.2019 or 14.02.19.

For further information or to discuss the role contact Marisca on 020 7924 3924.

Fundraising Volunteers Needed!

Volunteering is a great way to get out and about, meet people and make friends. Paul’s is looking for people to help out with fundraising activities, either on a regular or ad-hoc basis:

  • placing collection boxes in local shops, pubs and businesses
  • helping out at fundraising events (might include manning a stall, shaking a collection bucket, selling raffle tickets or manning a cheer point for a sporting event)
  • writing and dropping off “green token” nomination forms at branches of Waitrose
If you think that you might be able to help, please contact Hannah on 020 7924 3924 for a chat.
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