0208 366 4333
The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre aims to deliver a range of information and support services to all people affected by a diagnosis of cancer that includes the cancer patient, their friends, family, carers and also those bereaved by cancer. All our services are offered free of charge, however if you wish to donate it will be gratefully received.
To access our services, you will have an initial meeting with a member of our team at The Nightingale. Your individual circumstances, cancer treatment and any concerns will be discussed and together you will agree which support services will be most beneficial for you.
Getting a cancer diagnosis may mean having to deal with a lot of questions and concerns which can sometimes be confusing and distressing for you or your family. Our clinical nurse specialist will endeavour to provide any information and support you may need to help you or your family at any stage of the cancer diagnosis.
Counselling gives you an opportunity to receive emotional support to help you find better ways to cope with the effects of cancer. Our counsellors can offer a safe space and time to talk, to express feelings that may concern you and to explore ways to deal with life. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They won't usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems. All our counselling sessions take place in a private room and are completely confidential.
We offer a range of complementary therapies, carried out by qualified and experienced practitioners who adhere to their professional code of conduct. Some people find complementary therapies help them to feel better and cope better with cancer and treatments.
Before receiving therapies we either inform your doctor or ask you to discuss with your medical team any complementary therapy that you may receive. Patients and their family members/carers are offered six free sessions by appointment. All therapy sessions last for approximately 50 minutes.
All our workshops are on a rolling programme and if you wish to take part please contact our team at The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre to discuss taking part.
HOPE – Taking the Next Step Following Treatment
Many people struggle with long-term health problems caused by cancer treatment and others need psychological support to cope with the fear of the disease recurring, as well as problems with self-esteem and body image.
The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre in collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support and the University of Coventry are offering a six-week course that helps people who have had cancer to move on with life after treatment. It is called the HOPE COURSE (Helping Overcome Problems Effectively) and is an interactive, group-based, self-management support course.
The course deals with:
- Goal setting and action planning
- Looking for solutions to problems
- Stress management (e.g. mindfulness and relaxation)
- Fatigue management
- Identifying your strengths
- Becoming more positive, grateful and appreciating life more
- Healthy lifestyles (e.g. eating more healthily and physical activity)
- Prioritising the important things in life
- Fear of cancer recurrence
- Body image and sexuality and intimacy
- Communication skills
The course concentrates on refocusing on inner strengths and resilience to support people to cope emotionally, psychologically and practically. Working in small groups, participants are encouraged to find solutions, supporting each other in a completely safe and confidential environment where each person's experience is valid. We are running the courses on a rolling programme throughout the year.
Mindfulness 8 Week Courses
Mindfulness practice is a form of meditation that helps us to become more aware of our present moment-by-moment experiences with curiosity and kindness. By practising Mindfulness regularly we can develop a greater capacity to look after ourselves with our own essential wisdom and compassion.
Our minds can have a tendency to run on ‘automatic pilot’ and Mindfulness can help us to let go of this as we respond to the unavoidable difficulties that come along in life.
Research evidence suggests that Mindfulness can offer support in many situations including stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, and long-term physical illness where it has been found to increase the quality of life, reduce anxiety and improve mood.
Mindfulness practice can help you to:
- Develop a renewed appreciation and enjoyment of everyday life
- Understand and reduce your stress reactions
- Enhance your ability to take care of yourself
Look Good, Feel Better Skincare and Make-Up Masterclass
Finding out you have cancer can be daunting and life-changing and the added stress of the appearance related side effects of treatment can be demoralising and very hard to cope with. Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to improving the self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing of people undergoing treatment for any sort of cancer.
Come and join us for a two-hour, free of charge skincare and make-up workshop run by a team of qualified beauty experts. Our workshops are about having fun. They are informal, relaxed and informative, giving people a chance to meet others in a similar situation. It’s a time for a woman to focus on herself, not her illness.
Prostate Support Group
Support groups give you the chance to talk to others who understand what cancer is all about. Meetings are informal, friendly occasions where you can meet with health care professionals and people in the same position as you. This is a safe space to express emotions which you may not wish to share with family and friends, where you might learn from those a little way ahead in their journey and perhaps develop your own strategies for coping. For some of the sessions we arrange talks from expert speakers to provide cancer-related information, education and expert advice.
The Lymphoedema Clinic is held on Thursdays and is staffed by experienced Lymphoedema nurses. The clinic is available to people living with cancer who have been diagnosed with Lymphoedema.
If you wish to access the service you will need to obtain a referral from either your GP, Community Nurse, Consultant or Breast Care Nurse who will forward this on to the Lymphoedema Nurses who will then contact you with an appointment.
Weekly Classes of Tai Chi & Yoga
We offer weekly sessions of Yoga (Relax & Breathe) and Tai Chi which provide gentle exercise to help boost your well-being. The aim of each session is to help you relax, learn techniques to practise at home and develop coping strategies.
In addition to the guided exercise, refreshments are provided and you will have an opportunity to chat with the other participants who may be going through, or have come through, a similar experience.
Wednesday Drop-ins (weekly)
For people with cancer, their carers, families and friends every Wednesday from 1.30pm - 4.30pm. We offer information, support, coffee, tea, cakes and the opportunity to meet with other people in a friendly and relaxed setting with volunteers and other people who may be going through, or have come through, a similar experience.
Welfare & Benefits information
Cancer impacts on all areas of life including finances. We provide information and support in accessing the welfare and benefits to which people are entitled. The Nightingale works in collaboration with the Enfield Citizens Advice Bureau at the centre, to provide expert welfare and benefits advice at a time of great need.