Aurora hoping for Bags of Help

by | 5 December 2017 | Local Charity, Notice, Retford, Worksop

Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Worksop, is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 — raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores — being awarded to local community projects. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Aurora Wellbeing Centre is one of the groups on the shortlist.

The Aurora Centre in Worksop has been supporting people living with a cancer diagnosis in Bassetlaw for four years. The team will help individuals and families to feel listened to and properly supported when they’re diagnosed with cancer.

Aurora are working alongside Macmillan to support the Living With And Beyond Cancer programme in Bassetlaw, and to provide services which meet their needs.

During the past year there has been a significant rise in the most common types of cancer, including prostate cancer across Bassetlaw. Of the 127 males who have visited Aurora, 15 have a prostate cancer diagnosis. Over 50% of people diagnosed with cancer today will survive.

Aurora would like to set up a ‘prostate exercise and support group’ to offer a combination of physical and emotional support. Cancer doesn’t just suddenly stop when treatment does, people need high quality care and support to move forward in life, take control and self-manage their care.

It is hoped the group would help to provide a safe haven to individuals, and an opportunity to meet others who have faced a similar position, and share experiences together. Many may have unmet emotional needs, particularly at the end of treatment, or who are struggling with the consequences of treatment.

There will be bacon butties and refreshments, a variety of speakers, gentle exercise, activities, and advice and information to help support physical health and emotional wellbeing.

Debra Fores, Aurora Centre Manger explains: “Being diagnosed with cancer is an overwhelming time, there are so many questions running through your head. How will I pay the bills? How will I get to treatment? Where can I get childcare support?

“Our Wellbeing Practitioners help people to identify issues and to develop a support plan going forward. We’re taking some of the worry and anxiety from people by showing them light at the end of the tunnel.

“We’re a one stop shop with information on benefits, access to support groups and therapy treatments to ease some of the side effects of cancer treatment.

“Importantly our partnership with Macmillan and the NHS will bring care needs out of the hospital and closer to where people live.”

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout November and December. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £36 million to nearly 8,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.