A growing number of people in the Bassetlaw community need practical advice, information and emotional support whilst living with cancer, as well as long after their cancer treatment ends, says Macmillan Cancer Support.
The charity believes that everyone diagnosed with cancer in Bassetlaw, should have access to advice and support to help reduce the stress and anxiety which may affect their physical and emotional wellbeing.
The Aurora Centre in Worksop, is a thriving community hub based in the Old Library Building on Memorial Avenue. It offers emotional support, practical advice, information and a broad range of services to anyone affected by cancer or long-term health conditions. The centre also provides support for their family and friends, it is somewhere for everyone to relax with a cup of tea in a safe and welcoming environment.
Tracy Basden, 54, from Carlton in Lindrick was supported by the Aurora Centre last year following her diagnosis of breast cancer. Tracy now volunteers one day a week and credits the Aurora team with supporting her recovery throughout, she explains:
“After my treatment I needed to find myself again, I felt as though I’d emerged from the smog of cancer. When I was first diagnosed with cancer the Aurora Centre provided a safe haven. I received so much support; yoga, beauty treatments or just a place to go for a chat over a cup of coffee. Even at my lowest points it didn’t matter how I looked or felt, there was always a warm welcome.”
Debra Fores, manager of the Aurora Centre in the centre of Worksop, said: “As well as helping people who have been affected by cancer in some way, the centre also offers a number of other services which are focused on living life with and after cancer. From pilates to art classes to counselling, it is inclusive and has something to offer everyone, no matter how old or young.
“The Aurora Centre has given the town a central hub for the community, working in partnership with Macmillan, the local council, college, library and heritage partners to provide a wide range of services.”
If you and/or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer in Bassetlaw you can drop into the Aurora Centre, Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm, call 01909 470985 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.