A warm welcome to The Living Tree

We are a self-help support group for people who have experienced cancer and for their families/carers. Our group is based in Bridport and is open to any cancer patients from West Dorset, East Devon and South Somerset. We’re all at different stages of cancer  – some recently diagnosed, others undergoing treatment, some in remission, others post-cancer.

The sudden loss of support – and even routine – after treatment has finished can lead to depression, loneliness and anxiety. We find that companionship, creative activities and relaxing therapies can really help.

UPDATE COVID-19, January 2021

From 5th January 2021, all non-essential businesses were again required to close to the public and the UK government issued emergency legislation requiring individuals to stay at home and to observe social distancing rules when out for permitted reasons. The Living Tree is therefore still unable to host any in-person events for the foreseeable future. Social distancing can cause feelings of isolation so it is very important we keep in touch with each other by whatever means we can.

We shall continue to post our monthly newsletter by email to everyone on our mailing list which includes information on local support services. Hard copies of the newsletter are available on request for those without internet access.

The newsletter notifies readers of our online ‘Tea & Chat’ meetings using Zoom which take place on Friday afternoons at 2pm every two weeks. These meetings give participants the chance to ‘meet’ other members, to take part in creative activities, to listen to speakers on a variety of topics, to join in with a 10 minute gentle exercise routine, and to catch up with each other’s news and concerns. We also offer the opportunity for one to one meetings in a virtual side room should anyone feel a need for a more personal talk with another member . We are also currently hosting fortnightly Mindfulness sessions by Zoom on the other two Fridays of the month.

Once the national restrictions are eased, members will be able to participate in our allotment project. As well as the pleasure of growing vegetables, the project offers the opportunity for mutual support, for forging new friendships and for reducing feelings of isolation in a safe environment.

 If you would like more information, please contact us using the contact link on the website, email us at thelivingtreedorset@gmail.com or call our mobile 07341 916976

For NHS information on coronavirus, please visit their site here. Full government guidance can be found here.

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