Aurora Wellbeing Centre

by | 7 September 2022 | Local Charity, Retford, Support Group

There are exciting times ahead for the Aurora Wellbeing Centre. They are nearing completion on a refurbishment project for the ‘Curve’, which will see another area of the Old Library Building available to clients and the general public as an open space for exercise or large gatherings.

Aurora is a cancer charity providing support in the local area for people living with cancer or a long-term health condition.
The official opening of the new service for children will take place on Saturday 10th September between 10.00am and 2.00pm and there will be stalls, games and activities as well as the charity shop and Valerie’s Tearooms being open to browse or partake of light refreshments. Go along and support this new service for Bassetlaw.

People will get the opportunity to view the new facility and have a look at the progress made in the rest of the building since the official re-opening of the Centre back in October last year. The Family Therapy Room is a brand-new service to help support children who have a family member affected by cancer. This offers:

  • One-to-one sessions with a qualified play therapist
  • One-to-one counselling with a qualified young person’s counsellor
  • A safe space for children to express their feelings and receive tailored, age-appropriate support in a child-friendly environment
  • Support, advice and resources for children, parents and carers

All of this has been achieved with money raised by Sarah Johnson and her family and friends over the past few years. While accessing Aurora’s services, Sarah realised there was a need for support for children of people going through a cancer journey. By holding raffles, Pie and Pea Supper Quiz Nights, Santa Dash, not to mention a 90-mile run along Hadrian’s Wall, Sarah and her team have been able to furnish the room and provide the accredited therapists to help run the service.

Bereavement Group

If you are struggling with the effects of bereavement, consider going to the informal bereavement support group which meets every Friday in the Centre 9.30am to 12.30pm. It may help to talk to other people who have been affected by bereavement in a safe environment. If you would like to talk to one of the charity’s professionals who can give advice, support or just a chat then you can book a one-to-one appointment by phoning 01909 470985 or emailing


Would you like to be part of the Aurora Wellbeing family? Volunteers are at the heart of what Aurora does. They have a range of fulfilling volunteer roles, new and old; contact them or pick up a form from reception.

For information please contact 01909 470985 or or visit