What's on at
Maggie's Manchester

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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Today
29

January

Today 29th January

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 into 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 - 12.30

Yoga

Yoga

11.00 - 12.30
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

Come and enjoy our haven of rest and rejuvenation with nourishing evidence-based restorative yoga movements, topped off with comfortable relaxation designed so you can come back home to yourself.

Suitable for everyone, you're encouraged to only do what feels right for you on the day.

To book in for our next six-week course please speak to one of our Cancer Support Specialists.

13.00 - 15.30

Family and Friends Course

Family and Friends Course

13.00 - 15.30
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

The friends and family course is a six-week programme for anyone who knows somebody with cancer.

On the course you'll learn more about cancer, treatments and likely side effects. You can also learn about your role as a carer, and the impact cancer might have on your life.

The course covers practical things like eating well and how to take care of yourself and the person you’re caring for, as well as the emotional effects cancer might have on you.

If you are interested in taking part in this course then please drop-in to our centre and talk to one of our Cancer Support Specialists.

14.00 - 15.00

Relax and Breathe Sessions

Relax and Breathe Sessions

14.00 - 15.00
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

These special sessions have been developed to enhance the experience of breathing to ease and help soothe any distress regarding breathlessness.

Each session uses a blend of mental and physical approaches that have been shown to assist with breathing, lower anxiety, reduce muscular tension and ease fatigue.  

They are simple, effective so that after each session you can take your breathing skills with you wherever you go.

Sessions will be led by Lynne Tomlinson, an experienced hypnotherapist.

Thu
30

January

Thu 30th January

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 into 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 - 15.30

Benefits Advice drop-in

Benefits Advice drop-in

10.00 - 15.30
Individual
Weekly
Drop in

Our specialist Benefits Advisors can help you find out which benefits and other forms of practical help you might be entitled to.

They can also help you navigate the processes and fill out the forms to make an application.

11.00 - 12.30

Relaxing Yoga

Relaxing Yoga

11.00 - 12.30
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

Relaxing Yoga is an hour and a half in which to stretch, enjoy some flowing movement sequences and then receive a deep guided relaxation.

There are spaces of silence led by a meditation bell. Please feel that you can come whatever sort of day you are having. Much of what we do can be done sitting down, or adapted to suit you. Let the music, the movement of your own body and the power of complete relaxation bring you back towards your own inner peace and strength. Although gentle these sessions will also strengthen your whole body.

Sessions are led by Hil Bichovsky, an experienced yoga and relaxation teacher.

To book in for our next six weeks please talk to one of our Cancer Support Specialists.

12.45 - 15.00

Colour Me Beautiful

Colour Me Beautiful

12.45 - 15.00
Group session
Monthly
Pre book

Join the wonderful Colour Me Beautiful class and boost your confidence!
Catherine Jones, an image consultant who runs the classes says "By identifying people's dominant colouring, I can then advise on what colours they should wear - including fashion colours of the season. I do this by draping them in scarves to determine their colouring."

Phone our centre or pop in to book a place

14.00 - 15.30

Calm Sessions

Calm Sessions

14.00 - 15.30
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

Resting the mind and body is an important part of taking care of yourself and managing ongoing stress.

These gentle sessions have been carefully created to share simple and very effective relaxation techniques with you.  They are suitable for all as they work with where you are right now. You just need to bring yourself and wear comfortable clothes.

These calm sessions use a blend of physical and mental approaches to help you remain calm, reduce tiredness/fatigue and strengthen your natural resilience. Our hope is that you experience being nurtured and supported throughout the group session and leave feeling restored.

Sessions will be led by Lynne Tomlinson, an experienced hypnotherapist.

Fri
31

January

Fri 31st January

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 into 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 - 13.30

Will writing appointments

Will writing appointments

09.30 - 13.30
Individual
Monthly
Pre book

We are delighted to have joined forces with JMW partner Tasnim Khalid a specialist in Wills, Trusts, Estates and Tax Planning for a year to offer Will writing guidance.

To help support the vital work we do at Maggie’s Manchester Tasnim will prepare your Will for no charge on the basis a donation is made to Maggie’s Manchester. 

The amount you donate is discretionary however we do suggest a donation of £95 for a single Will and £150 for joint Wills. You don’t have to leave a gift in your Will to Maggie’s to use this service, however, any gift you do leave, no matter how small, will help us continue to offer our unique cancer support programme. 

Tasnim will be at Maggie’s Manchester on the last Friday of each month; to make an appointment to see her contact Ruth Tobi ruth.tobi@maggiescentres.org or call 0161 641 4857. 

For further information about Tasnim please visit the JMW website.  

09.30 - 15.00

Will Writing Appointments with JMW Solicitors

Will Writing Appointments with JMW Solicitors

09.30 - 15.00
Individual
Monthly
Pre book

The friendly, professional team from JMW Solicitors will be here on the last Friday of each month to offer free Will writing in the centre. Email ruth.tobi@maggiescentres.org or call 0161 641 4857 to make an appointment — Places are limited so please book early!

10.00 - 13.30

Where Now? Support Beyond Treatment

Where Now? Support Beyond Treatment

10.00 - 13.30
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

Where Now? is a seven-week course for anyone who has finished all their treatment and is now facing life after cancer. 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
13.30 - 15.30

Modern Mosaics

Modern Mosaics

13.30 - 15.30
Group session
Monthly
Drop in

Modern Mosaics is an exciting creative workshop that seeks to find ways to recycle all sorts of materials but mainly focusing on discarded jewellery and beads.

Hilary Coxon, who trained in iridescent glass mosaic work in New Zealand, leads the monthly sessions which take place on the last Friday of each month. 

No previous experience is needed to take part, and Hilary says ”Complete beginners are very welcome as if you feel you are artistic or not you will be able to produce a simple piece of craft to be proud of. Above all else the relaxing therapeutic value of the classes is paramount and the sessions will be inclusive, friendly and fun.” 

Mon
3

February

Mon 3rd 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 into 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

The Friends and Family Drop-In

The Friends and Family Drop-In

10.00 - 12.00
Group session
Monthly
Drop in

The friends and family drop-in is for anyone supporting someone with cancer. We aim to give people an opportunity to talk to other people in a similar situation. The group is facilitated by one a clinical psychologist, and the aim is to explore the emotional and social impact of supporting someone with cancer.

This group meets on the first Monday of each month at 10am for two hours. 

11.00 - 12.00

Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking

11.00 - 12.00
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

These weekly sessions will set off from Maggie’s at 11am for a one hour walk.

Led by Marion Endt-Jones, a qualified nordic walking instructor, this group will be gentle and a great opportunity to get some exercise out in the fresh air. We will provide the sticks for you. No need to book, just drop in.

11.00 - 12.30

Talking Heads Workshop

Talking Heads Workshop

11.00 - 12.30
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

Talking Heads is our hair loss support workshop. Designed for anyone who is anticipating or experiencing hair loss (both men and women), these sessions cover the practicalities of hair loss as well as offering support with its emotional impact.

Share your concerns about hair loss and learn about alternatives such as buying a wig and tying a head-scarf, as well as what happens when your hair grows back. 

Please just come along to the centre and join us.

11.30 - 12.30

Tai Chi

Tai Chi

11.30 - 12.30
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

Tai chi, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, Tai chi is today practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.

Tai chi is commonly performed as a low-impact exercise, which means it won’t put much pressure on your bones and joints. Most people should be able to do it.

Tai chi is for everyone. It is ideal for inactive older people wanting to raise their activity levels gently and gradually. Also, many of the Tai chi movements can be adapted to people with a disability, including wheelchair users.

The exercises involve lots of flowing, easy movements that don’t stress the joints or muscles.

13.00 - 14.30

The Rhythm of Life Choir at Maggie's

The Rhythm of Life Choir at Maggie's

13.00 - 14.30
Group session
Fortnightly
Drop in

Led by Carol Donaldson, The Rhythm of Life Choir sings songs from all around the world in harmony to relax and unwind in a friendly, warm, fun atmosphere — no experience is required. The choir receives invitations to perform at events during the year but taking part in these is entirely voluntary.

The choir meets fortnightly at Maggie’s, and alternate weeks at The Christie in the evenings. 

Membership of the choir is open to people with cancer, their families & friends, hospital and centre staff.

Choir sessions take place on alternate Mondays in the Centre at 1pm. Please call in or phone 0161 641 4848 to check the date of the next session as they change as a result of bank holidays.

14.30 - 16.30

Penile Cancer Support Group

Penile Cancer Support Group

14.30 - 16.30
Group session
One Off
Drop in

This is a support group for people with penile cancer. This friendly group gives you an opportunity to meet other people in the same situation to share experiences and ideas. This is also open to friends and family. 

Our team will be joined by ORCHID charity and Christie colleagues. The team wil be on hand to support you with any questions or concerns you may have.

Sessions are quarterly on a Monday, please ask about the next date

14.30 - 15.30

Creative Writing/Shared Reading

Creative Writing/Shared Reading

14.30 - 15.30
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

Sessions alternate between creative writing and shared reading so please check in the centre what the session is each week.

Creative writing groups are open to everyone – no skill or experience is required. The aim is for you to get a better understanding of what you’re going through. The writing exercises help you to slow down, relax and process your thoughts.

Your unconscious mind can express feelings through metaphors and stories that you might usually find difficult to put into words. You can learn to understand your feelings which may give you more confidence.

Research shows that the act of being read to brings remarkable health and happiness benefits. It stimulates thought and memory and encourages the sharing of ideas and feelings, hopes and fears. It enriches our lives and minds.

Everyone is welcome to come along when a great story or poem is read aloud. We stop and talk about what we have read. There is no need for group members to read aloud or speak. You can just sit back, listen and relax.

Tue
4

February

Tue 4th 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 into 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 - 15.30

Benefits Advice drop-in

Benefits Advice drop-in

10.00 - 15.30
Individual
Weekly
Drop in

Our specialist Benefits Advisors can help you find out which benefits and other forms of practical help you might be entitled to.

They can also help you navigate the processes and fill out the forms to make an application.

10.00 - 12.00

Living with Less Stress Workshop

Living with Less Stress Workshop

10.00 - 12.00
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

The Living with Less Stress Workshop is a six-week course for anyone who has, or has had, cancer, and their families and friends.

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

You'll 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.

Courses will be run depending on demand so please register your interest at the centre or call us on 0161 641 4848.

13.30 - 15.30

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better

13.30 - 15.30
Group session
Weekly
Pre book

The LGFB workshop is aimed at helping women combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment.

Our expert team of volunteer beauticians will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about skin care and applying make up. 

This fun and friendly make over session with other centre visitors is a special one-off treat and you will be given a bag of beauty products to keep afterwards.