The Living Tree is a registered charity which 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.
MacMillan made a video of the Living Tree, its members, its activities and the way it works in the summer of 2019. Please watch it here.
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 small “community group” in July 2016. We were given a start-up grant for 2013 by Macmillan Cancer Support. The Living Tree became a charity in March 2020, our registered charity number is: 1188213
The Stepping Out programme is an exercise and education programme for cancer survivors. Click here to find out more about The Stepping Out programme.
On Friday 14 March 2014 there was tasty, healthy food and drink, relaxing chat and enjoyment at the cookery demo and dinner at the Hive Rosa practed filletting a sea bass with sharp knife essential and Paul was shown how to make mackerel pate. A good time was had by...
Living Tree Cream Tea at Limbury on 26 August 2013
Living Tree members demonstrating Tripudio exercise at West Bay on 4 August 2013