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Maggie's Highlands

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

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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. Some sessions will need to be pre-booked. To do so, please call or visit and our Centre staff can help you choose the best place to get started.

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Today
17

August

Today 17th August

09.00 - 17.00

Benefits advice

Benefits advice

09.00 - 17.00
Individual
Weekly
Drop in

At Maggie’s you can speak to a specialist Benefits Advisor to get advice on receiving all the benefits you are entitled to.

If you, or someone you care for, is living with cancer, our Benefits Advisors can help you complete forms and also access any additional support that you might be eligible for, such as parking permits.

We know that living with cancer can have a real impact on your finances, through lost income and increased costs such as heating and travel. Our Benefits Advisors are here to help you understand which benefits are available to you and to help with the application process.

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 - 11.30

Head and neck cancer network group

Head and neck cancer network group

10.30 - 11.30
Group session
Monthly
Drop in

Group support is available for people with any type of cancer and their friends and families: before, during or after treatment.

Every group provides an opportunity to talk to other people who are in a similar situation to you, and to share experiences. Groups offer a safe space to express emotions you might not want to share with your friends and family. You might learn from those a little way ahead of you in their journey and develop your own strategies for coping.

Networking Groups, which bring together groups of people with the same type of cancer. These groups are tailored to a specific cancer and provide information on treatment options and techniques to improve wellbeing.

12.00 - 13.00

Relaxation

Relaxation

12.00 - 13.00
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

The group introduces different methods of relaxation 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.

13.30 - 15.30

Creative writing

Creative writing

13.30 - 15.30
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

Creative writing is a way to explore thoughts, ideas and emotions that you might otherwise find difficult to express, with no skill or experience required.

The creative writing exercises can help you to slow down, relax and process your thoughts. Feelings that you might find difficult to put into words can be more easily expressed through metaphors and stories. As a process, writing can help you to learn to understand your feelings, which may help to build your confidence.

Fri
18

August

Fri 18th August

09.00 - 17.00

Benefits advice

Benefits advice

09.00 - 17.00
Individual
Weekly
Drop in

At Maggie’s you can speak to a specialist Benefits Advisor to get advice on receiving all the benefits you are entitled to.

If you, or someone you care for, is living with cancer, our Benefits Advisors can help you complete forms and also access any additional support that you might be eligible for, such as parking permits.

We know that living with cancer can have a real impact on your finances, through lost income and increased costs such as heating and travel. Our Benefits Advisors are here to help you understand which benefits are available to you and to help with the application process.

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

Expressive Art

Expressive Art

10.00 - 12.00
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

Expressive art is a way to explore your feelings – particularly those which can be difficult to put into words – with no skill or experience required.

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

11.00 - 15.00

Free Will Writing Sessions with McClures Solicitors

Free Will Writing Sessions with McClures Solicitors

11.00 - 15.00
Individual
Monthly
Pre book

Will Writing is maybe something on your "To Do" list which keeps getting pushed to the back.


Maybe you are not sure of the process, you're worried you might find it a very emotional experience, or that it would be too expensive or to much hassle?


McClure Solicitors will be in Maggie's Highlands monthly with the first session on Friday 14 July.

 

They will be offering FREE Will Writing and half price Power of Attorney services. Booking is essential, so please call one of our members of staff to book your place 01463 706306

Mon
21

August

Mon 21st August

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.

11.00 - 12.00

Relaxation

Relaxation

11.00 - 12.00
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

The group introduces different methods of relaxation 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.

12.00 - 13.00

Yoga for beginners

Yoga for beginners

12.00 - 13.00
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

For anyone who has cancer or is caring for someone with cancer.

Yoga is a very enjoyable way of helping us return to good natural posture and good natural breathing. It can help recharge our batteries as we release tension and allow ourselves to come to a more balanced state.

These yoga sessions are suitable for everyone regardless of age, flexibility or fitness.

We will be practicing gentle yoga movements either lying down or sitting on the sofa and moving slowly and safely with awareness.

Tue
22

August

Tue 22nd August

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.

09.00 - 17.00

Benefits advice

Benefits advice

09.00 - 17.00
Individual
Weekly
Drop in

At Maggie’s you can speak to a specialist Benefits Advisor to get advice on receiving all the benefits you are entitled to.

If you, or someone you care for, is living with cancer, our Benefits Advisors can help you complete forms and also access any additional support that you might be eligible for, such as parking permits.

We know that living with cancer can have a real impact on your finances, through lost income and increased costs such as heating and travel. Our Benefits Advisors are here to help you understand which benefits are available to you and to help with the application process.

10.00 - 11.00

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

10.00 - 11.00
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

Mindfulness can help with feelings of low mood and worry, and has been found to help people manage during physically and emotionally demanding times in life.

Research has shown this approach to be particularly helpful for those affected by cancer, those who have difficulty sleeping, concentrating, managing anxiety, feeling depressed or living with chronic pain.


If you would like more information about attending one of these sessions or how mindfulness may be able to help you please speak to a member of the team or call 01463 706306

10.30 - 11.30

Haematology Cancer Network group

Haematology Cancer Network group

10.30 - 11.30
Group session
Monthly
Drop in

Group support is available for people with any type of cancer and their friends and families: before, during or after treatment.

Every group provides an opportunity to talk to other people who are in a similar situation to you, and to share experiences. Groups offer a safe space to express emotions you might not want to share with your friends and family. You might learn from those a little way ahead of you in their journey and develop your own strategies for coping.

Networking Groups, which bring together groups of people with the same type of cancer. These groups are tailored to a specific cancer and provide information on treatment options and techniques to improve wellbeing.

11.00 - 12.30

Emotions Group

Emotions Group

11.00 - 12.30
Group session
Fortnightly
Drop in

A path to an emotional rediscovery.

An open ended course for anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis or who is living with or supporting someone with cancer. No need to book, drop in to any session.

In this course we will:

- Explore thoughts, emotions and feelings
- Learn to express letting go of emotions
- Accept the present moment
- Be kindness and compassion

14.00 - 16.00

Living with Less Stress

Living with Less Stress

14.00 - 16.00
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

A six week course for anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis or who is living with or supporting someone with cancer.

On this course you will be introduced to a variety of relaxation methods including:

 - Breathing techniques
 - Mindfulness
 - Quick or emergency relaxation skills
 - Controlling anxious thoughts
 - Visualisation

For more inforamtion or to book a place, give us a call on 01463 706306, email us: highlands@maggiescentres.org, or drop into the Centre and speak to a member of the team.

14.00 - 16.00

Therapeutic Gardening

Therapeutic Gardening

14.00 - 16.00
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

This is an opportunity for people affected by cancer to enjoy our outdoor space and take part in a creative activity with other people who are going through a similar experience.

Being in a natural environment, like our garden, has been shown to have a positive effect on wellbeing, improving mindfulness and reducing stress levels.

If you are interested in joining us, please come and chat to one of the team, telephone 01463 706306 or email highlands@maggiescentres.org

 

Wed
23

August

Wed 23rd August

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

Tai Chi & Qi Gong

Tai Chi & Qi Gong

09.30 - 10.30
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

For anyone who has cancer, or is caring for someone with cancer.

Stress prevention through Tai Chi & Qi Gong

  • Tai Chi and Qi Gong exercises help relaxation.
  • To relax is to conserve energy.
  • Tai Chi and Qi Gong use a well balanced interplay of tension and release that is usually associated with general well-being and emotional stability.
  • From motion you obtain serenity and stability by the release of tension through the continuous shifting of weight from one foot to the other.
  • Traditional Chinese medical theory is the basis of the specific Qi Gong exercises.

A typical session starts with practicing the routine (either seated or standing depending upon the individual physical condition) to soft music which takes approximately 10 minutes. The bulk of the session is spent explaining the movements of the routine along with how and why they are helpful and then the session is normally closed by performing the exercise routine once more.

10.30 - 11.30

Living with Advanced Cancer Support Group

Living with Advanced Cancer Support Group

10.30 - 11.30
Group session
Monthly
Drop in

The group is for anyone who finds themselves, or a loved one, living with the uncertainty of a diagnosis of an incurable cancer. You are very welcome to attend on your own or as a couple.

This will be a safe space to express emotions.  You might learn from those a little way ahead of you in their journey and develop your own strategies for coping.

If you are interested in this group but not sure it’s for you, speak to a member of Maggie’s team when you drop into the Centre, or you can contact us by phone: 01463 706306, or e-mail: highlands@maggiescentres.org

14.00 - 17.00

Where Now? Support beyond treatment

Where Now? Support beyond treatment

14.00 - 17.00
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

Where Now? is a seven-week course for anyone who has finished their cancer treatment. It offers skills and techniques to support you through this transition period and beyond.

Where Now? helps you manage the physical, emotional and practical issues you may face after your treatment has finished, through a series of group sessions each lasting around three hours.

Each session is led by a Cancer Support Specialist and a Clinical Psychologist and offers the chance to explore key issues and concerns alongside other people in a similar situation.

Discussions during the course focus on the following topics:

  • Exercise
  • Healthy eating
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Managing post-treatment challenges
  • Partnering with your medical team
  • Keeping up momentum

Lunch is also provided.

Call the team to book a place on 01463 706306.

17.30 - 19.00

The Faces of Loss - bereavement support

The Faces of Loss - bereavement support

17.30 - 19.00
Group session
Monthly
Drop in

A new group for people who are living with bereavement due to cancer.

This will be a drop in session held the second Wednesday of every month between 5:30pm and 7pm. You do not need to come for the full hour and a half, just come for however long you feel is right for you. The group will be supported by a Psychologist and a Cancer Support Specialist who both work in Maggie’s.

If you would like more information please contact us by phone: 01463 706306, e-mail: highlands@maggiescentres.org, or drop in to the Centre and speak to a member of the team.