About The Living Tree

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.

Bridport Friends Meeting House

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.

Past Events

Fossil Talk

Ros Cole (Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre) and Martyn Allen did a combined Jurassic Coast / Fossil Talk on 8 July 2016 for the members of The Living Tree (self-help cancer support group) in Bridport. The members had previously been encourgaed to bring their own...

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Dorset Volunteer Awards 2016

On 27 October we took Roz Copson to the Dorford Centre Dorchester for the Dorset Volunteer Awards 2016. It was a very enjoyable evening as you can see from the photos. Roz did us proud and collected her well-deserved certificate from Lord and Lady Fellowes, he of...

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2016 Garden Party at Limbury’s

What to say?  What a wonderful occasion and celebration of The Living Tree. About 100 people gathered in the beautiful setting of Limbury to meet & chat in good company, eat & drink plentifully & listen to great music from Nina Garcia.  Thank you to...

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