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Support Groups

North Wales has a range of established cancer support groups offering the opportunity to meet with people who may share similar experiences.

These local support groups vary widely. Some are for people affected by a specific type of cancer, while others offer general support for people regardless of the type or site of their cancer. Most have been set up by patients and carers but often involve input from health professionals. Meetings may be informal get-togethers or more structured with activities and speakers. Some groups offer telephone or internet support, befriending and home or hospital visiting.

Find a support group in your area by selecting North West (Anglesey and Gwynedd), Central (Conwy and Denbighshire) or North East (Wrexham and Flintshire). Please be aware that some of the Groups, particularly those supporting people with a particular type of cancer, may include members from across North Wales.

If you are already a member of a support group or if you are interested in setting up a new support group, Macmillan Cancer Support is able to offer a wide range of support including grants for development, training, conferences and start-up costs. Find out more.

The information in the directory below has been provided by the groups themselves, so we are unable to guarantee the level of support they offer or take responsibility for the information they provide.

North West Region (Anglesey and Gwynedd)

Sing with Us Bangor
Meeting place:
Every Thursday
Eglwys Y Groes
Llain Yr Eglwys
Maesgeirchen
Bangor
6.30pm for tea, singing 7pm-8pm
A warm welcome for cancer patients and survivors, their carers and anyone bereaved through cancer
No musical experience necessary
Contact:
Tenovus Cancer Care
sing@tenovuscancercare.org.uk
0808 808 1010

Caernarfon Exercise and Support Group
Meeting place:
Arfon Tennis Centre
Caernarfon
Activities: The Group, organised in partnership with the Wales Exercise Referral Team, meets every Tuesday at 2.00pm and provides an exercise class designed for people affected by cancer, both during and after treatment. If you are feeling alone and would like to meet with others but do not want to do the exercise you can join the Group for a cup of tea and a chat at 3.00pm. The classes are run by instructors who are trained in cancer rehabilitation. All are welcome!
Contact:
Debbie Jones
01286 676 945
debbielynnjones@gwynedd.gov.uk

Tywyn Exercise and Support Group
Meeting place:
Bro Dysynni Leisure Centre
High Street
Tywyn
Gwynedd
LL36 9AD
Activities: The Group, organised in partnership with the Wales Exercise Referral Team, meets every Wednesday at 10.00am and provides an exercise class designed for people affected by cancer, both during and after treatment. If you are feeling alone and would like to meet with others but do not want to do the exercise you can join the Group for a cup of tea and a chat at 11.00am. The classes are run by instructors who are trained in cancer rehabilitation. All are welcome!
Contact:
Rachael
01654 710 167

North Wales Cancer Care

Meeting place: We currently offer support at the following venues:

Caernarfon Llanwnda: Information, one to one
Porthmadog Natural Therapy Centre: One to one, shiatsu,acupuncture
Aberdaron Ty Newydd Farm and Caravan Site: One to one, cottage retreat
Bangor Axis therapy: One to one, homeopathy, nutrition, acupuncture
Wrexham Estyn Wellbeing: A number of different therapies

Activities: North Wales Cancer Care is a Voluntary Community Group supporting anyone affected by cancer. We offer information, one to one support and guidance helping people to cope with the emotional stress and sense of isolation that a diagnosis of cancer can bring. Using holistic approaches alongside conventional treatments we can help people to minimise the impact, manage the side effects and improve their overall wellbeing.

We have close links with other cancer support groups, health professionals, 3rd sector organisations and complementary practitioners. (see our website for details of practitioners)

Currently we are not funded but usually initial one to one is free of charge. Many therapists will offer special discounted rates. Please contact them directly if you wish to make an appointment.

Contact:
Sheila Smith on: 01286 830 007 / 07851 792 014
info@health-matters.biz
www.northwalescancercare.org.uk

Clwb Seren Wen
Meeting place:
Day Centre
Criccieth
Gwynedd
Activities: Informal meetings take place every Thursday, 11.00am – 3.00pm. The Group offers mutual support, complementary therapies and social outings throughout the year.
Telephone Contacts:
Martha Hughes
01766 522641
Address:
5, High Street
Criccieth
Gwynedd
LL52 0RN

Holyhead Cancer Support Group
Meeting place:
Penucheldre
Holyhead
Anglesey
LL65 1RJ
Activities: The Group meets every Wednesday, 10.30am – 3.30pm. As well as offering physical and emotional support, information and encouragement, a qualified therapist is available to provide aromatherapy, relaxation techniques, exercise, or massage. The group also offers an opportunity to develop new skills and hobbies, with visiting speakers and excursions to local areas of interest.
Lunch is provided and local transport (within 3 miles) can be arranged.
Telephone Contacts:
Heather
01407 860794
Anne
01248 723071
ogrowlands@yahoo.co.uk

Bangor Lymphoma Support Group
Meeting place:
Alaw Ward
Ysbyty Gwynedd
Activities: Meetings are usually the first Thursday in March, June, September and December at 7.30pm. The Group offers patients, friends and relatives an opportunity to meet with others who have been affected by Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Telephone Contacts:
John Lee
01248 722221
Linda Rees Jones (Haematology Nurse Specialist)
01248 384384

Bangor & Anglesey Cancer Support Group (Breast Cancer)
Meeting place:
Victoria Hotel
Menai Bridge
Activities: The Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month, 6.30pm. Members offer mutual support for people affected by breast cancer and fund raise for Ysbyty Gwynedd.
Telephone Contacts:
Rhian Morris
07549222771

Amlwch Bereavement Support Group
Meeting place:
Amlwch Methodist Church schoolroom
Wesley Street
Amlwch
Activities: Meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month at 10.30am to 12.30pm. Our aim is to provide a meeting place for people who are bereaved, in order to give mutual support and a listening ear. We understand that people vary tremendously in how grief affects them. It is often difficult if one has lost a partner, family member or close friend to start living a life alone. We offer someone to listen to you, to hear and try to understand how you feel and a place to relax and meet others who also are bereaved. Transport can be arranged if needed.
Telephone Contact:
Richard
07975539644

Central Region (Conwy and Denbighshire)

Llangollen Prostate Support Group
Meeting place: Hand Hotel, Llangollen, LL20 8PL
Activities: The Group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 2.00pm. It allows men with prostate problems to meet regularly, share experiences and support each other in ways which might be difficult with family and friends. We invite guest speakers from the Maelor Hospital and have a range of talks about support services, the nature of diagnosis and treatment.
Telephone contacts:
Mike Law
01978 869285
mike.law@froncastell.co.uk
Peter Jones
01978 860282

Brain Tumour Support Group
Meeting place: Asda’s Training Room Llandudno Asda Conwy Road Llandudno
Activities: The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month, 1.30 – 3.30pm and is run in partnership with the Brain Tumour Charity. Do you or someone you care for have a brain tumour? Our group provides support, information and an opportunity to meet with others. Free to attend.
Contacts:
Michelle Herbert
Email: michelle.herbert@thebraintumourcharity.org
07436 102 652

Sing with Us Llandudno
Meeting place: Every Tuesday at Rhos on Sea Methodist Church, Rhos Road, Rhos On Sea, LL28 4RS
Activities: 6.30pm for tea, singing 7pm-8pm. A warm welcome for cancer patients and survivors, their carers and anyone bereaved through cancer. No musical experience necessary. Pop along whenever you like, for a song and a cuppa.
Contact:
Tenovus Cancer Care
sing@tenovuscancercare.org.uk
0808 808 1010

Living with Secondary Breast Cancer
Activities: ‘Living with Secondary Breast Cancer’ meets at 11am on the third Monday of every month.
The meetings are organised by Breast Cancer Care and offer a monthly opportunity to chat over a cuppa with other people with a similar diagnosis. On alternate months we also have a guest speaker on a relevant subject such as fatigue, benefits and a chance to ‘ask the nurse’. Timings can vary depending on whether there is a speaker.

“A wonderful chance to meet women who are in my position and I can talk freely without fear of worrying people.”
“I leave feeling less isolated”

You can attend as few or as many sessions as you like. Refreshments are provided, including lunch at the longer sessions. For further information or to book a place:

For further information or to book a place:
Breast Cancer Care : 0808 800 6000

Cancer Chums Support Group
Meeting place: Empire Hotel, Llandudno
Activities: We are a group of women who are currently receiving treatment for some kind of cancer or who have received treatment in the past. Informal meetings(with a light lunch) are on the first Thursday of each month at 12.30 pm. The Group provides an opportunity to chat and support other women who have had cancer as well as enjoying trips and fund-raising lunches throughout the year.
Contacts:
Gillian Evans (Chair / Treasurer)
01745 823312
gillyevs@gmail.com
Dr Pam Macdonald (Secretary)
07702101657
pam.macdonald@btinternet.com

Treasure Chest Breast Cancer Support Group
Meeting place: Rhuddlan Community Centre
Activities: Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7.00pm This is a friendly, informal support group for ladies who have, or have had, breast cancer. Telephone support is also offered. The Group raises funds to support services at the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre. If you wish to make a donation to the group please contact us directly on telephone number below.
Telephone contacts
Mai Solomon
01745 590850
(10am-7pm)

North Wales Prostate Cancer Support Group
Meeting place: Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan
Activities: The Group meets every 3 months, mainly to give support to newly diagnosed patients and existing members with any concerns about their treatments and their side effects. Sometimes there are talks by health professionals.
The group produces a leaflet detailing the telephone numbers of 9 members who have had one or more of the various treatments for prostate cancer. These members are willing to visit newly diagnosed patients in their own homes to give them support and reassurance. These leaflets are available at Prostate Cancer clinics.
Telephone contacts:
John Duckenfield
01745 823822
David Maitland-Price
01745 344131
DMaitland131@aol.com

Address:
Chairman – John Duckenfield
1 Maes Cybi
Abergele
Conwy
LL22 7RQ

Y Waen Thursday Group
Meeting place: Meeting every Thursday during School Term time in the Waen Independent Chapel, Llanelwy LL17 0DY 11am – 3pm
Activities: An opportunity to socialise and meet others. Transport is available from nearby areas. A chance to chat, various activities including talks, crafts, light physical exercise, concerts, days out etc.
www.capelywaen.btck.co.uk
mlw@liv.ac.uk

Glan Clwyd Laryngectomy Club
Meeting place: Faenol Fawr Hotel (adjacent to Glan Clwyd Hospital)
Activities: Monthly meetings offer an opportunity for anyone who has had a laryngectomy to meet others who have been through a similar experience. We socialise, support and invite interesting speakers to our meetings. Our motto is to ‘never give up’!
Contacts:
Peter Holloway (Chair)
01492 544167
GlanClwydLary@Gmail.com
www.Glanclwydlary.weebly.com

North East Region (Wrexham and Flintshire)

North Wales Bowel Cancer Support Group
Meeting place:
Wynnstay Arms Hotel
Wrexham
LL13 8LP
Activities: The group meets on the first Thursday of every month, 7.00 – 9.00pm. Our meetings involve people who have been affected by bowel cancer. We have talks from visiting professionals and discussions on all aspects of bowel cancer. We provide opportunities to talk freely about mutual needs and concerns in an informal and confidential setting
Contact:
07592 53 86 90
enquiries@bowelcancersupport.co.uk
www.bowelcancersupport.co.uk

Sing with Us Wrexham
Meeting place:
Every Monday at Capel Y Groes (near ASDA)
Bodhyfred
Wrexham
LL12 7AG
6.30pm for tea, singing 7pm-8pm
A warm welcome for cancer patients and survivors, their carers and anyone bereaved through cancer
No musical experience necessary. Pop along whenever you like, for a song and a cuppa.
Contact:
Tenovus Cancer Care
sing@tenovuscancercare.org.uk
0808 808 1010

GUTSY
Rossett Hall Hotel, Rossett LL12 0DE (see website for details)
Activities: GUTSY is a support group for people diagnosed with or recovering from oesophageal and gastric cancers – they meet quarterly along with surgeons and other health professionals. Patients, partners and close friends are all welcome. Other activities include publication of a quarterly newsletter, social activities and talks by invited speakers. They also have cancer information materials and resources written in Welsh. A help line for direct contact with former patients is available at all times.
Telephone contacts
Freephone 0800 707 6907 for direct contact with patient volunteers
Tina Davies (Clinical Nurse Specialist)
01978-727161 (8-4pm Mon-Friday)
patients@gutsy-group.org.uk
www.gutsy-group.org.uk

Wrexham Breast Cancer Support Group
Meeting place:
Income Generation Unit
Nightingale House
Wrexham
Activities: Meetings are held monthly from 7pm – 9pm on the first Tuesday of every month (not January and August). The Group offers mutual support, friendship and invites guest speakers to meetings. Members also have a monthly lunch and Anniversary and Christmas dinners.
Telephone Contacts:
Barbara
01978 750370 10am – 4pm weekdays only
Pauline
01978 350788 6pm – 9pm weekdays only
bgeorgeoct@yahoo.co.uk

Wrexham Lymphoedema Support Group
Meeting place: Wrexham
Activities The group meets for ‘Afternoon tea’ the third Thursday of the month from 2pm-4pm at St Margaret Church Hall, Chester Road, Wrexham, LL11 2SH. We have talks by professionals (health promotion) and non-professionals (beauty/hobbies). Following this, time is available for a friendly chat, to make friends and support each other. All those with lymphoedema secondary to cancer or its treatments are welcome. We also have Tai chi sessions each Monday night 6-7pm at St Marys Church Hall, Regent Street Wrexham and aerobic classes each Friday afternoon 1-2pm at Wrexham Waterworld, Chester Road, Wrexham.
Telephone contacts
Jane Platt
01978 726257 (Mon to Fri 8.30am-16.30pm)
paulalawrence@wales.nhs.uk
http://www.wrexhamlymphoedemasupport.com
Address
Lymphoedema Clinic
Ysbyty Maelor Wrexham
Croesnewydd Road
Wrexham
LL13 7TD

SWAGG – Support for Working Age Guys and Girls
Meeting place: Grosvenor Arms, 32 Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7JE
Activities: The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month, 7.00 – 8.30pm, in central Chester and welcomes new members from North Wales. It has been set up by cancer patients and offers support and friendship to those who have had a diagnosis of cancer or those affected by it. The group recognises that people of working age may have specific support needs and concerns.

Social activities take place throughout the year and include weekly choir meetings on a Monday evening. Please phone for further details.

Telephone contact:
Koren Bailey
Macmillan Support and Information Manager
Countess of Chester Hospital
01244 364 948
cancer.support@nhs.net

Prostate Cancer North East Wales Support Group (PCNEWSGROUP)
Meeting place: Nag’s Head Pub, Wrexham. LL13 8DW (See Website for details)
Activities: PCNEWSGROUP is a support group for people diagnosed with or recovering from prostate cancer. We meet monthly along with health professionals and other invited guests. Patients, partners and friends are all welcome. We maintain a website that covers feedback from meetings, information sign posting, social activities and upcoming events.
Contact:
07591 969192
pcnewsgroup@outlook.com
www.pcnewsgroup.org.uk

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