New website and new look for Aurora thanks to National Lottery support

by | 10 July 2021 | Local Charity, Retford, Support Group

Cancer charity Aurora has received funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will make it safer and easier for people affected by a cancer diagnosis to find and access support in Bassetlaw, with part of the funding going towards a refreshed look and a new online presence.
Since the pandemic and lockdown began, Aurora has relied more extensively on digital communications and it is believed the new online presence will make it easier for local people to find out what support is available for cancer patients, their family, friends and carers.
The charity is continuing to support local people whilst building work is ongoing at the Old Library Building and Museum. Set to reopen in September, the new Aurora brand is a glimpse of what people might expect to see when the refurbished building in unveiled.
Debra Fores, General Manager for Aurora, said: “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to refresh the Aurora brand and develop our online presence and thanks to the National Lottery and its players we can now share details about the vital support that is available along with updates about the work that is being carried at the Old Library Building and Museum – as we believe this will benefit the local community immensely.”

Ongoing support for cancer patients in Bassetlaw
Aurora continues to provide vital support to people affected by cancer across Bassetlaw. Wellbeing practitioners understand the impact that coronavirus is having and services have been adapted to ensure Aurora can continue to provide information,workshops, help and advice.

Aurora@dukeries tearooms
They have temporarily moved to Dukeries Tearooms on Bridge Street, where they have a selection of quality pre-loved items for sale as well as serving light refreshments, drinks and home made cakes. Go along and support them. They are open from 10.00am to 2.00pm, from Monday to Saturday.

Beauty treatments and holistic therapy
During the Aurora refurbishment they have temporarily re-located to ‘Sparkles’, 48 Kilton Road, Worksop. They offer manicures, nail treatments, pedicures, back, neck, shoulder massage, eyebrow and eyelash treatments. Please contact Alli on 07503 612084 for an appointment or advice on what treatments are currently available.

Tai Chi
Sessions will temporarily take place at St Anne’s Church on Mondays from 10.30am to 11.30am and cost £5.00 per session. Enjoy gentle movement, relaxation and calmness. Facilitated by instructor Bryan, the socially distanced sessions aim to improve both physical and mental wellbeing. If you would like to join the fun or to discuss accessibility, please call Jade on 01909 470985.

1 to 1 personalised exercise programme
Aurora are offering four free one-to-one sessions with a cancer exercise specialist to anyone with a cancer diagnosis. Tailored to your needs and personal goals and delivered in a fully equipped and safe gym pod, this exercise programme can help you to take back control. If are you are feeling tired since starting your treatment then exercise can help increase your chances of a faster recovery and make a difference to your mental and physical wellbeing. For more information call Emma on 07947 353501 or 01909 470985.

Yoga therapy
One-to-one Yoga Therapy sessions currently take place online and are designed specifically for each individual whatever their needs. With Aurora’s highly trained therapist, your online session(s) will explore practices to help alleviate physical and mental health conditions. No prior experience of yoga is necessary. Yoga therapy can support conditions such as mild anxiety, cancer, back pain, insomnia, high blood pressure and Parkinson’s Disease. If you require more information call 01909 470985. The cost is £5.00 per session.

Befriending service
Aurora’s befrienders provide one-to-one telephone support to individuals who are living with and beyond cancer. A befriender will offer a ‘listening ear’ and have an understanding of the issues facing someone with cancer. If you are interested in becoming a befriender or would like more details about accessing this service please get in touch on 01909 470985.
To donate to Aurora Wellbeing Worksop and enable the charity to continue to offer support to local people and their families, please do so at

From Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm, call 01909 470985 or 07591 952496 or email You can also find them on Twitter, @AuroraCentres, and Facebook, @AuroraWellbeingCentreBassetlaw, or see