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.
DAY 1 What An Amazing Walk... ROZ, Lottie and Rita and Graham walked over 27,000 steps each from Portland Bill to Langton Herring. Jo and Sherry walked over 19,000 steps each after joining them at 'The Causeway'. Phil kept his 'Beady Eye' on us all...A Shame 'The Elm...read more
The Living Tree's art and craft exhibition was a very successful venture at the Salt House in West Bay in May 2017. Please watch the slideshow...read more
The launch of Living Treats, our healthier sweet treats cook book, went really well. We raised £192 from sale of recipe books and £87 on our sales table. Thanks to everyone who helped on the stall and special thanks to Martyn and Jude for making sample treats for...read more
On 25 October Living Tree members attended a workshop making bunting to use when we have a publicity stand at events like the Melplash Show. Chris showed us how to make cloth leaves which looked lifelike, colourful and pretty and were a joy to make. Everyone enjoyed...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Being creative in the garden of the Friends' Meeting House.read more
July 15 – 2.00pm Tripudio with Elizabeth, followed by more work on our willow sculptures + tea and chat. 22 – 2.00pm Art with Libby (maybe outside if fine), foot massage with Anne. 29 – 2.00pm Tripudio with Elizabeth. MUSICA workshop with Katy Ashman, trying out...read more
JOINT MEETING WITH BUTTERFLIES. We’re really looking forward to meeting with our sister group in Dorchester. Started last November, it is going from strength to strength. So do come on Tuesday 26th July 2.00-4.00pm at The Quiet Place Poundbury, to hear Andrea...read more
De Jo Lee and Isabel van der Ven held another Live Your Life After Cancer (LYLAC) day's workshop in Bridport for the Living Tree. This time the theme was "Work and Cancer". Participants always report how much they enjoy these days and how informative they are. The...read more