What's on at
Maggie's Highlands

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 glance 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. 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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Mon
27

February

Mon 27th February

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
28

February

Tue 28th February

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.

10.30 - 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

Wellbeing Group

Wellbeing Group

11.00 - 12.30
Group session
Fortnightly
Pre book

Steps and guidelines to a progressive well-being growth.

A fortnightly 8-week course for anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis or who is living with or supporting someone with cancer

In this course we will:

- Explore positive thoughts and emotions
- Focus on human potential
- Increase quality of life
- Monitor well-being and look and what interupts it
- Explore life purpose

Wed
1

March

Wed 1st March

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

Friends and Family Group

Friends and Family Group

10.30 - 11.30
Group session
Fortnightly
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.

10.30 - 11.30

Walking Group

Walking Group

10.30 - 11.30
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

A weekly walking group in conjunction with Step It Up Highland. All sessions are tailored to people affected by cancer and are flexible to suit your own needs. They can also provide a chance to talk to people going through a similar experience.

All our walks will be facilitated by experienced walk leaders, and everyone is invited back to Maggie’s for refreshments following the walk.

We will only do gentle walking, and tailor each walk to suit whoever joins us. So no need to feel that it is difficult –come along and have a go!

If you would like to have a chat with one of the team just give us a call on 01463 706306 or 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.

14.30 - 16.30

Talking Heads – hair loss support

Talking Heads – hair loss support

14.30 - 16.30
Group session
Monthly
Pre book

This is an opportunity for both men and woman to come along and discuss treatment-related hair loss. 

If you are already experiencing hair loss or anticipating this side-effect of your treatment, you can come along to discuss the practicalities of hair loss, as well as, to receive support for the emotional impact this can have.

You will learn all about hair and scalp care as well as having your questions answered; there is also an opportunity within the Talking Heads workshop to learn about scarf tying and what happens when your own hair grows back.

Talking Heads is run as a one-off workshop, but you can always get support around hair loss from our Cancer Support Specialists in the Centre.

Thu
2

March

Thu 2nd March

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.

10.30 - 11.30

Breast Cancer Network Group

Breast Cancer Network Group

10.30 - 11.30
Group session
Monthly
Drop in

This is a chance to meet others with the same cancer diagnosis as you but also share in experiences and learn from each other whilst being supported by professionals.

The group is open to anyone who has or had a diagnosis of breast cancer, where they will get support in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. If you’re interested in the group but not sure it’s for you then speak to a member of the team at Maggie’s or one of the Breast Care Nurses at Raigmore Hospital.

Call us on: 01463 706306, or e-mail: highlands@maggiescentres.org

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.

13.00 - 15.00

Creative writing

Creative writing

13.00 - 15.00
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
3

March

Fri 3rd March

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.

09.30 - 10.30

Breakfast group

Breakfast group

09.30 - 10.30
Group session
Monthly
Drop in

Open to anyone – we have bacon rolls, cereal, fruit, teas and coffees etc. on offer on a drop in basis. A lovely relaxed atmosphere, ideal to meet new people or catch up with those you already know.

The Maggie's Highlands "Breakfast Group" is founded on the principle that the simple act of sitting down together to eat is therapeutic.

It provides an excuse to talk and to reflect on recent events. Chats about the seemingly trival things often lead to discussions about the serious - politics, family, memories and loss.

In the end it is not a question of what you have for breakfast, but of where, and with whom, you have it.

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.