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Maggie's at the Royal Free

See our current groups, classes and workshops below. All of these groups and sessions are offered free of charge.

To browse the calendar, either scroll through the weeks using the side arrows, view the month at a glace by selecting the calendar view icon, or see a list of upcoming courses and events by selecting the list view icon.

Please get in touch with the Centre to find out more about these sessions – such as how long they run for and what you can expect from them. Our Centre staff can help you choose the best place to get started.

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Today
21

October

Today 21st October

09.00 - 17.00

Cancer support - drop-in

Cancer support - drop-in

09.00 - 17.00
Individual
Daily
Drop in

If you've got questions or worries about cancer, just drop in to the centre to speak to a Cancer Support Specialist. Our team are here to listen and to guide you to the information you need.

10.00 - 12.00

Managing stress course

Managing stress course

10.00 - 12.00
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

Managing Stress is a six-week course for anyone who has, or has had, cancer, and their families and friends.

The course introduces different methods of working with stress including: controlling anxious thoughts, meditation, visualisation and ‘quick’ or emergency relaxation.

You will be given handouts and a relaxation CD so you can practice your stress management techniques at home and learn to draw on these techniques at times of pressure and anxiety.

Our Cancer Support Specialist can offer advice on how to incorporate what you’ve learnt into your daily life after the course has finished.

11.00 - 12.00

Relaxation and visualisation

Relaxation and visualisation

11.00 - 12.00
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

These drop-in sessions are designed to create space to help you find some peace and calmness. They can also help to manage stress and improve well-being. Relaxation is guided by talking you through focusing on breathing, connecting with the body and continuing with a visualisation.

14.30 - 15.30

Tai Chi

Tai Chi

14.30 - 15.30
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

Tai Chi is a system of meditation, breathing exercises and other techniques to maintain health.

It can help release stress and tension and promotes relaxation, co-ordination, muscle tone, increased energy flow, confidence, good posture and balance. 

Tue
22

October

Tue 22nd October

09.00 - 17.00

Cancer support - drop-in

Cancer support - drop-in

09.00 - 17.00
Individual
Daily
Drop in

If you've got questions or worries about cancer, just drop in to the centre to speak to a Cancer Support Specialist. Our team are here to listen and to guide you to the information you need.

09.30 - 10.30

Morning Pilates

Morning Pilates

09.30 - 10.30
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

Pilates is an invigorating form of exercise for your mind and body that can improve your strength, flexibility and overall mobility.

The Pilates method uses controlled movements and breathing to tone and strengthen the body as well as focus the mind. This session is open to people with cancer, their familes and friends, and health professionals.

10.00 - 14.30

Reiki

Reiki

10.00 - 14.30
Individual
Weekly
Pre book

Reiki, a Japanese word for Universal Life Energy, is a relaxing and gentle technique where therapists believe they act as a channel for energy which they transfer through their hands to aid self-healing, rebalancing and relaxation.

A Reiki session involves sitting or lying down fully clothed, while the practitioner gently places their hands on or just above the body in a sequence of positions that allows energy to flow from the practitioner through to the person.

11.00 - 12.00

Patient Support Group

Patient Support Group

11.00 - 12.00
Group session
Monthly
Drop in

Some patients find it useful to meet in a group setting and are welcome to take part in the Support Group meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month.

The group gets together to enjoy mutual support, information sharing and facilitated discussion.

Wed
23

October

Wed 23rd October

09.00 - 17.00

Cancer support - drop-in

Cancer support - drop-in

09.00 - 17.00
Individual
Daily
Drop in

If you've got questions or worries about cancer, just drop in to the centre to speak to a Cancer Support Specialist. Our team are here to listen and to guide you to the information you need.

10.00 - 14.00

Massage

Massage

10.00 - 14.00
Individual
Weekly
Pre book

Melt your stress away with a wonderfully relaxing oil massage.

Massage can help combat stress and tension and create equilibrium in the mind, body and soul. It not only feels good, but can relax the mind and body, ease tension and promote sleep.

11.00 - 13.00

Nutrition and cancer course

Nutrition and cancer course

11.00 - 13.00
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

Find out about all aspects of nutrition and cancer, including how to have a healthy, well balanced diet when you have cancer and learn how to work with symptoms or side effects that affect nutrition.

Get evidence-based information about all aspects of eating, and maintaining a healthy weight.

13.00 - 14.00

Pilates

Pilates

13.00 - 14.00
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

Pilates is an invigorating form of exercise for your mind and body that can improve your strength, flexibility and overall mobility.

The Pilates method uses controlled movements and breathing to tone and strengthen the body as well as focus the mind. 

16.00 - 19.00

Where Now? When treatment ends

Where Now? When treatment ends

16.00 - 19.00
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

Where Now? is a seven-week course for anyone who has finished their cancer treatment, as well as their friends and family.

It offers skills and techniques to support you through this transition period and beyond.

16.00 - 19.00

Where Now? When treatment ends

Where Now? When treatment ends

16.00 - 19.00
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

Where Now? is a 7 week course for anyone facing life after cancer. It offers skills and techniques to support you in addressing the physical, emotional and practical issues you might face when your treatment is over. Topics include emotional wellbeing, returning to work, exercise, healthy eating and staying on track.

Thu
24

October

Thu 24th October

09.00 - 17.00

Cancer support - drop-in

Cancer support - drop-in

09.00 - 17.00
Individual
Daily
Drop in

If you've got questions or worries about cancer, just drop in to the centre to speak to a Cancer Support Specialist. Our team are here to listen and to guide you to the information you need.

09.30 - 12.45

Tuina Massage

Tuina Massage

09.30 - 12.45
Individual
Weekly
Pre book

Tuina is gentle, meditative massage that uses breathing whilst focusing on a specific acupuncture point, channel, organ or area.

This approach can help to balance the body and deal with conditions such as stress and tiredness. 

10.00 - 12.30

Mindfulness course

Mindfulness course

10.00 - 12.30
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

This eight-week Mindfulness course is a way of helping you develop your skills in concentration and focusing on the here and now. It aims to increase your awareness of how you think, feel and cope in life. 

12.45 - 13.45

CanExercise

CanExercise

12.45 - 13.45
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

CanExercise is Cancer Rehabilitation through exercise.

Movements and exercises are incorporated to regain and maintain range of motion, restore physical and emotional balance, reduce your risk of developing lymphoedema or to help control existing lymphoedema, and generally raise your energy levels whilst having fun!

13.15 - 17.15

Acupuncture

Acupuncture

13.15 - 17.15
Individual
Weekly
Pre book

Acupuncture helps rebalance the flow of energy, blood and fluids and can help to alleviate pain.

It works by stimulating and balancing the energy in the body through the insertion of sterile hair thin needles into ‘acupuncture points’.

15.00 - 16.15

Mindfulness Drop in

Mindfulness Drop in

15.00 - 16.15
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

Using short guided practices these drop in sessions offer a space to practise mindfulness, discuss our observations and learn together with curiosity and an open mind.

Fri
25

October

Fri 25th October

09.00 - 17.00

Cancer support - drop-in

Cancer support - drop-in

09.00 - 17.00
Individual
Daily
Drop in

If you've got questions or worries about cancer, just drop in to the centre to speak to a Cancer Support Specialist. Our team are here to listen and to guide you to the information you need.

10.30 - 12.00

Getting started with cancer treatment

Getting started with cancer treatment

10.30 - 12.00
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

Getting started with cancer treatment is a workshop for anyone recently diagnosed with cancer and their family and friends. It helps you understand cancer and the treatments available, as well as potential side effects, how to manage them, and how to look after yourself. The workshop can help you take an active role in your treatment and recovery. It gives you a chance to ask questions and share your experiences with people who understand what you’re going through.

10.30 - 12.30

Expressive art drop-in

Expressive art drop-in

10.30 - 12.30
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

Art Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses art materials as its main way expressing and communicating. Expressive art is a way to explore your feelings in a non-judgemental space, particularly those that can be difficult to put into words. No skill or experience is needed.

Concentrating on creating art can help slow down, relax and process your thoughts. Your unconscious mind can express feelings through pictures, colour and shapes that you might struggle to put into words. By doing that you may begin to understand more of what you’re feeling, which can help to build your confidence.

Finding out that you or a loved one has cancer affects people in many different ways. Some find it difficult to express in words the many complicated feelings that come with a diagnosis of cancer. This is where the Expressive Art group comes in: sometimes it can be easier to express yourself visually rather than verbally.

14.00 - 17.00

Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique

14.00 - 17.00
Individual
Weekly
Pre book

The Alexander Technique is a unique and practical method of becoming aware of how we use the whole of ourselves (mind and body) in our everyday lives.

You will learn to become aware of how your unconscious habits of reaction interfere with your natural poise and how to direct your energies in a positive way.

14.30 - 15.30

Yoga

Yoga

14.30 - 15.30
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

Yoga offers a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, combining mind (focus and attention), energy (breathing practices) and body (movement and postures).

The practice of yoga exercises can help to stretch and flex the body, develop breath awareness, relaxation and sometimes meditation.