Support Groups

A cancer diagnosis can sometimes feel isolating and you may at times feel like you are going through this experience alone.  Meeting others who are currently going through similar experiences to you or those who have already been through similar experiences can be really helpful as they help to build positive and supportive communities outside of the hospital environment.  Support groups offer a safe and confidential space to meet other patients, listen, share experiences and offer support to one another.  Support groups can provide an opportunity to share concerns which you may feel unable to share with your family or close friends.

The Fern Centre hosts a wide range of support groups that you may wish to access.  These include cancer site specific support groups open to cancer patients only which are run by Clinical Nurse Specialists.  The Centre also offers a generic cancer support group for anyone livening with and beyond cancer and a carer’s support group for anyone who is supporting or caring for a cancer patient. Both these groups are facilitated by our friendly Cancer Care Counselling Team. We also host HOPE courses (How to Overcome Problems Effectively) which is run by our Cancer Care Counselling Team. This is a 6 week programme covering a wide range of informative self-help topics to support you to move forward in an empowered and proactive way.

Support Groups during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic we will be hosting some support groups virtually.

In order to join these meetings you will need to follow a link which will be provided to you by your clinical nurse specialist or counselling team member.

For more information please contact the Fern Centre or speak to your Clinical Nurse Specialist.

About our virtual support groups and How To guides

For more information about our virtual support groups and the systems we use, please see our short How To guide.

We recommend that you test out your technology clicking on the ‘Test Technology’ link prior to the virtual event you will be attending

How to test your technology before the virtual event

If you have recently attended a virtual support group we would love to hear your feedback to help us improve our service. Please click the link below to leave your feedback

Last updated: August 17, 2020