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.


As of 23 March, all non-essential businesses were required to close to the public and the UK government issued emergency legislation requiring individuals to stay at home and social distance. Due to this The Living Tree will not be hosting any in-person events for the foreseeable future. Social distancing can cause feelings of isolation so it is important we keep in touch with each other by whatever means we can. We will be sending our fortnightly newsletter with information on local support services as well as online and virtual workshops for Living Tree members.  We are also available for support via email thelivingtreedorset@gmail.com or telephone 07341 916976.

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

To find out more about the Living Tree visit our About Page.

In the summer of 2019 MacMillan made a video of the Living Tree’s activities and the way they work in the community. You can view it here.

To find out more about our current activities please fill in our contact form, asking for our latest newsletter. It will have all our current upcoming events.

Latest News

Living Tree Newsletter 25, 31 July 2020

LIVING TREE NEWS 25 31 July 2020 Dear Living Tree members and friends, FRIDAY 21 AUGUST will be our next Living Tree by Zoom meeting from 2-4pm. Hannah Smart from Project Food (formerly HALFF) will be giving us a short talk on the work her charity does and the...

The Living Tree is Now a Registered Charity

A cancer self-help group is now a registered charity, enabling it to continue helping people affected by cancer in Dorset. Members and trustees at the Living Tree, based in Bridport, are excited about the opportunities it offers them, including fundraising. Rita...

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