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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
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November

Today 22nd November

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

Hearty Arts Winter Warmers

Hearty Arts Winter Warmers

10.00 - 12.00
Group session
Weekly
Drop in

Our very popular crafting sessions are back for winter at Maggie's. Led by artist Lucy Burscough, come and enjoy these seasonal craft sessions including making clay leaf bowls, macramé plant pot holders, willlow Christmas wreaths and much more! No need to book, just come in.

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

Mon
25

November

Mon 25th November

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

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.

11.00 - 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.

11.30 - 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 - 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
26

November

Tue 26th November

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 - 14.30

Menopause Talk

Menopause Talk

13.30 - 14.30
Group session
One Off
Drop in

This informal and friendly session is specially for anyone with cancer and going through menopause. Our speaker will help answer the questions below and any others you may have about menopause.

This session will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding medically induced menopause
  • Complementary and conventional treatment options
  • Practical helpful tips for symptom management
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.

 

Wed
27

November

Wed 27th November

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
28

November

Thu 28th November

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.