The city of Sheffield in Yorkshire has seen their incidence of cancer remain below national averages for the last 5 years, however the rate varies across different regions of the city.
This week’s City Spotlight sees us taking a look at just a handful of some of the amazing cancer support services on offer in Sheffield.
Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the services available may be subject to change or temporarily suspended. Contact the organisations directly to find out more.
Cavendish Cancer Care
Cavendish Cancer Care support local people who are living with cancer. They give them and their families the chance to talk in confidence and offer complementary therapies to help alleviate both the emotional strain of cancer, and the physical side effects of the illness and its treatment. It offers a cancer buddy scheme where it pairs the friends, family or carers of someone affected by cancer with a trained volunteer who has been in a similar situation.
5K Your Way – Endliffe
This community-based initiative encourages those living with and beyond cancer, to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at the Endcliffe Park run on the last Saturday of every month. For anyone uncomfortable with meeting up during COVID there are also number of virtual meet ups like (Not) 5K Your Way or the 5K Your Way Pinball Parkrun Challenge that people can take part in wherever, whenever and for whatever distance they like. They also have a number of lockdown resources such as Q&As, at-home exercises and more online.
Weston Park Cancer Charity
For one in two of us, cancer will change everything. Weston Park Cancer Charity is here to face cancer with you. The service offers advice, therapies and emotional support both over the phone and in person. The advice ranges from healthcare professionals, financial information about benefits, and practical help, such as support with delivering shopping. The funds they raise also support vital, pioneering research and clinical trials led by the exceptional medical experts at Weston Park Cancer Centre.
St Luke’s Hospice
St Luke’s Hospice provide specialist palliative care to people in Sheffield who have advanced and progressive illnesses for which there are no cures. Attending to your emotional and spiritual wellbeing, working with your wishes, anxieties and hopes. Their purpose is to support, comfort, inspire and improve the quality of life of local people with these types of physical conditions. Additional services include emotional and spiritual support, complementary therapies, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social care, as well as guidance on managing medicines.
Maples Cancer Care
Maples Cancer Care has been supporting local people who have cancer or have been affected by cancer. Through one to one assessment they give people time to talk about their fears and concerns and provide complementary therapies or counselling to improve quality of life. The trained staff understand the effects cancer can have on people’s lives and are used to working with people at all stages of their illness. Therapies such as massage, reiki, reflexology and aromatherapy are also available.
Bluebell Children’s Hospice
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice offers care to children and young adults who have cancer and life limiting illnesses. It is a home from home for families facing the toughest of times, with a comfy lounge and beautiful gardens. There are also plenty of fun activities for children to try, including soft play, arts and crafts, music therapy and much more. Other services include sibling support counselling as well bereavement and end of life care. All services are offered for free to families who use the service and are within the catchment area.
If you have used or know of any cancer support services in Sheffield or beyond, visit our website to add a service to our Cancer Care Map.