Charity (no. SC024414)


"Everybody's home of cancer care"

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

Coming Soon - Maggie's Southampton

Maggie’s provides expert care to anyone living with cancer and their friends and family. With 27 centres across the UK and abroad, the first centre on the south coast has started construction and will open in Autumn 2020.

Maggie’s centres compliment the NHS’s medical care by addressing gaps in non-clinical support which can leave people feeling lost, confused and desperate. Maggie’s give personalised support to help people see beyond their diagnosis, feel less overwhelmed, manage their stress, get the best out of their treatment and deal with the consequences of cancer. 

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What We Do

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.

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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.

Ways to volunteer

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. 

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Additional Info

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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