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Macmillan Information and Support Service - HOPE

The HOPE Course For People Affected by Cancer

Get support and share experiences at our free six week course for people who have been affected by Cancer in the Essex area.

Weekly from Friday 4 October to Friday 8 November 2019
9am – 11.30am at the Medical Academic Unit, Broomfield Hospital

Contact Samantha Cheti or Ali Perham-Marchant: 01245 515981 or email:

macinfopod@meht.nhs.uk for more information and booking.

Find new ways to regain your confidence, and manage stress and emotional difficulties. Meet, share, learn and get more out of life with our HOPE (Help Overcome Problems Effectively) course.

Life can be tough when you are living with cancer or even after treatment ends. Help to Overcome Problems Effectively (HOPE) can help you to get more out of life.

What is HOPE?

HOPE is a licensed programme developed by Coventry University and Macmillan Cancer Support to help people who have had/or have cancer to move forward with their lives. It is an interactive, group based, self-management support course, which runs for 6 weeks, with each weekly session lasting 2.5 hours. It is for groups of between 6 and 12 and is free to attend.

The sessions are run by trained HOPE facilitators who are either health or social care professionals or trained volunteers who have had a cancer experience.

Who is it for?

Adults aged 18 and over, who are coming to the end of treatment/surgery or have recently completed it. Anyone living with and beyond cancer.

How will the course benefit you?

The course concentrates on focusing and rediscovering your inner strengths and resilience to help you cope emotionally, psychologically and practically. Time is spent in facilitated discussions, group activities, information sharing and tools for you to try at home in between each session. The course deals with:

  • Goal setting and action planning
  • Looking for solutions to problems
  • Stress management (e.g. mindfulness and relaxation)
  • Fatigue management
  • Identifying your strengths
  • Becoming more positive, grateful and appreciating life more
  • Healthy lifestyles (e.g. eating more healthily and physical activity)
  • Prioritising the important things in life
  • Fear of cancer recurrence
  • Body image and sexuality and intimacy
  • Communication skills


What do I do next?

If you would like some more information and to book a place on our upcoming courses please contact the Macmillan Information and Support Team here in the Info Pod or on 01245 515981, email macinfopod@meht.nhs.uk