Charity (no. SC024414)
"Everybody's home of cancer care"
Charity (no. SC024414)
"Everybody's home of cancer care"
National cancer support charity, Maggie’s, is delighted to be able to announce the opening of its brand new centre based in the grounds of Southampton General Hospital.
Maggie’s Southampton is here to support people with cancer and their family and friends from their centre in the grounds of Southampton General Hospital. With many people with cancer self-isolating and facing changes or delays to treatment, the professional support Maggie’s Southampton will offer is needed now more than ever.
Support from a team of professional staff is available face to face, by phone, email or online via Teams or Zoom. Tailored specialist help is offered as well as nutrition workshops, stress management, benefits advice and appointments with a psychologist. Social distancing, hygiene and safety measures will be in place at the centre in line with Government guidelines, and visitors will be asked to call ahead for an appointment if possible, although limited drop ins will be available for those visiting the hospital.
University Hospital Southampton (UHS) NHS Foundation Trust is the specialist cancer hub for Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands and last year alone, over 22,500 people from these areas received a new cancer diagnosis, highlighting the importance of Maggie’s who can now provide much needed free support to those living with cancer as well as their family and friends. Maggie’s work will complement the treatments received by people of all ages and with any type of cancer, as well as the research taking place at Southampton hospital.
Maggie’s Southampton Centre Head, Gilly Howard‐Jones, who until recently worked as a cancer nurse specialist at UHS said: “We are looking forward to supporting people this year in our new building which has been specially designed to provide a relaxed and beautiful setting with a big kitchen table at its heart. Cancer is possibly the hardest experience of a person’s life, yet coronavirus and restrictions have made living with cancer even more difficult as people find themselves having to self isolate or face delays in treatment.”
Gilly continues: “We help people to live better with cancer by supporting them through their fear, anxiety, stress, money worries, questions about their treatment and much more. The impact of the coronavirus on people with cancer will be felt for a long time to come, but the good news is we are here to help in any way we can.”
Our support programme includes one-to-one or group sessions with our cancer support specialists and psychologists, stress reduction and relaxation workshops, art therapy and creative writing courses, and gentle physical activity such as gardening, Nordic walking or tai chi.
We offer advice on benefits and nutrition, managing hair loss and skin care, a Getting Started course for the newly diagnosed and a Where Now course for those adjusting to life after cancer.
Social support comes from the people who work in and visit our Centres, and the community chatting around the kitchen table who understand what it is like to live with cancer.
You can support us in a very direct way by helping as a volunteer and you can also add new skills or experiences to your CV.
Our regular fundraising events and projects always need ‘hands on deck’ to make everything run smoothly.
Volunteer at one of our events
Our volunteers are vital to helping us make sure everyone taking part in a Maggie’s event feels 100% supported and looked after.
For some events we ask for a few hours, for others we need volunteers who can donate weekends.
We will pay your travel and accommodation expenses and will keep you fed and happy.
Help out at our centres
Our centres rely on the support of volunteers, so that our Cancer Support Specialists can concentrate on providing our visitors with the support they need.
Administration, maintaining the library area, filling the dishwasher, making cups of tea… there are so many different ways for our volunteers to keep our centres running smoothly.
If you can give a few hours a week we would love to hear from you.
In our gardens
Each centre garden is carefully created to be a welcoming extension of the inside space. Help us look after them by donating your gardening skills.
It costs £590,000 to keep one of our centres open for one year. We rely on the support of dedicated volunteers to help process our donations, thank our supporters, market our fundraising events and distribute collection tins.
We are also looking for people who could lead a team of local volunteers to hold events on behalf of Maggie’s and promote our work.
Tell your story
If you would be happy to share your personal experience of how Maggie’s has helped you or your family and friends we are looking for Ambassadors to speak at our local events.
You will be fully supported by our Centre Fundraisers and can choose when to volunteer your time.
Maggie’s was founded by Maggie Keswick-Jencks, a landscape architect married to architect Charles Jencks, who lived with secondary breast cancer until 1995. Maggie’s aim was to offer hope and “not to lose the joy of living through the fear of dying.”
RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect Amanda Levete has set the design for Maggie’s Southampton “within a piece of the New Forest”. To make the most of a compact site, the Centre has a flexible internal space, at the heart of which will be the kitchen: a busy, communal area encircled by rooms that can each be enclosed or joined together by moveable walls.
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