The Living Tree offers friendship, creative activities & holistic therapies, relevant diet & lifestyle information for anyone with any cancer. We offer mutual support, helping people cope with the fear, anxiety, isolation or stress that cancer can bring by offering a chance to unwind and share laughter (we do a lot of this!) and coping strategies. We also share our knowledge and information about services and resources in the locality.
There is currently no cancer care centre in Dorset to help people living with cancer take back control of their health and lifestyle. Our nearest centres are The Force in Exeter and the Penny Brohn Centre in Bristol. There are excellent disease specific support groups, usually supported by Clinical Nurse Specialists, but few are very local and some are quite a distance away in Poole.
We meet weekly on a Friday afternoon over a cup of tea in comfortable surroundings at the Friends Meeting House, South Street, Bridport between 2.00-4.30pm. As a rule, we have a speaker or demonstration first and finish the afternoon chatting, sharing experiences and exchanging thoughts. People are welcome to drop in for part of the afternoon – not everyone can spare the full two and a half hours. Also, everyone is free to “pick and mix”, there is no obligation or even expectation to attend each and every Friday. In fact, the Living Tree supports members who never attend meetings at all.
We have a programme of speakers and therapists on a wide variety of relevant topics such as complementary therapies, exercise, relaxation, diet and nutrition, creative arts for those with cancer, NHS support. We’ve had talks and demonstrations on Dorset Cancer Care, acupuncture, reflexology, soul midwives, diet and nutrition, homeopathy and tried out Qigong, as well as paper crafts, mindfulness, singing and playing the ukulele! We have regular gentle stretch & relaxation times. Please find our current programme (plus a few local events we think might be of interest) here.
The Living Tree was set up in October 2012. We became a charity in February 2013 but changed our status to small “community group” in July 2016. We were given a start-up grant for 2013 by Macmillan Cancer Support.
Fun was had by all at the 12-hour Hula Hoopathon at Bridport Leisure Centre. Surprising what you can do with a hoop when you put your mind, hands and hips to it...read more
The results of an afternoon well-spent with Gill Hulse, making glass sculptures.read more
New Options for Managing Chronic Pain & Fatigue using an Integrative Model of Care at Engineers’House, Bristol on Friday 2nd February 2018. Details:...read more
JUMBLE SALE. We have been invited by Bridport/St Vaast Twinning Association to share a JUMBLE SALE with them on Saturday 20th January 10am-12.00 at Bridport United Church Hall. So if you are clearing out over Christmas, please put aside any good quality clothes,...read more
Friday afternoons are busy at the Living Tree. There are art workshops, discussions, talks and much more. and if all else fails, there is tea and biscuits and an ear for those who just want to share experiences or pick someone's brain on a cancer-related issue. Here...read more
Apple Day in Bridport.read more
Combining exercise with culture!read more
Perfect in every way!read more
On 19 October 2017, The Living Tree hosted an evening themed "Bridport in the 1950s" at the Bull Hotel.read more