Our activities – wellbeing

HCCN Activities - wellbeing

Complementary therapies are non-conventional treatments that are used in conjunction with standard medical care to improve physical and emotional well-being. When living with a cancer diagnosis, complementary therapies can offer several benefits, including:

Reduced treatment side effects: Complementary therapies such as acupuncture and massage can help manage side effects of cancer treatments such as pain, nausea, fatigue, and anxiety.

Improved quality of life: Complementary therapies can improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall quality of life for cancer patients.

Enhanced immune function: Some complementary therapies such as meditation, yoga, and tai chi have been shown to boost immune function, which can be particularly beneficial for cancer patients.

Increased feelings of control: Living with cancer can be overwhelming and can leave individuals feeling out of control. Complementary therapies such as guided imagery and hypnosis can help patients feel more in control of their treatment and their bodies.

Support for emotional health: Complementary therapies such as support groups and counselling can offer emotional support and help patients manage the emotional impact of cancer.

It’s important to note that complementary therapies should not replace conventional medical treatments for cancer, but rather should be used in conjunction with them. It’s always important to speak with your healthcare team before starting any new complementary therapies.


with Lynn Reader

Reflexology is a touch therapy that is based on the theory that different points on the feet, hands and face correspond to our organs and body systems. Reflexologists believe that by applying pressure on these points offers a range of health benefits.

Up to 6 consecutive sessions per person.

Fridays by appointment

Keeping in Touch

We provide opportunities to put people together who have self-identified as needing a chat. It is for people to come together to chat on a one-to-one basis through telephone, or other technology. This is not a counselling service. Simply a process for putting people together to enjoy a pleasant chat with someone who is happy to be company.

From your own home via telephone or on Zoom.

At mutually agreed times, days and frequency of both parties.


with Shelley Robins

The correct energy flow can help relaxation, pain relief, start a healing process and be soothing.  During the session, Shelley will either hold her hands above your body or place her hands gently along the energy points located in your body.  You may be able to feel temperature changes, may see colours and should feel relaxed throughout.  All treatments are carried out fully clothed.  Occasionally some crystals will be used in the treatment.  Up to 4 consecutive sessions per person.

Fridays by appointment

Patient to Person Workshop

with Colin Russell

Learn more about improving your mental health through healthy thinking strategies at our 3-day Patient to Person Workshop. This programme is for you if you are ready to move on but find yourself emotionally stuck. It is run over a period of three months. You will be expected to attend one day each month, giving you plenty of time to use the techniques and ideas that you gain from each session. It is perfect for you if you don’t feel you need counselling and don’t have deep seated psychological issues.

This is a waitlist.

Sleep Easy Workshop

with Sallie Crawley

This workshop is for you if you want to change and improve your sleep pattern. After spending some time learning and applying each week over 6 weeks you will be able to implement them into everyday life. You’ll find out about and how to use techniques that will enable you to sleep easy. You will create a personalised sleep plan and know how to adjust it appropriately. You’ll attain your realistic sleep goal, reduce your anxiety and have more energy. You’ll understand the need to think, act and feel differently. Hold positive beliefs about your ability to get a good night’s sleep and stay in contact with your new friends.

This is a waitlist.


on Zoom and In Person

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is always a shock. Sometimes that shock is greater than an individual can cope with and specialist help is required. As the provision of free and timely access to counselling has become more difficult, HCCN offer a free service of 6 consecutive weeks of counselling to those with greatest need.

This is a waitlist. Nurse referral only.

Beauty & Massage

with Karen

We are able to offer various treatments for ladies and gentlemen alike. Up to 6 sessions per person plus unlimited toe nail trimming.

Karen is a local Therapist of 13 years offering a range of comprehensive beauty hand and body treatments in a relaxing and professional environment.

Fridays by appointment


with Ali Murley

Footcare includes thinning thickened nails then cutting and filing, give advice of fungal nails for treatment, remove corns, callus advice on athletes’ foot treatment.  Advice on keeping the diabetic foot safe from infection and harm. Advice on overall foot care. Up to 4 sessions per person.

Fridays by appointment

Craft Group

Drop in group

Bring your own Arts and Crafts along to share your knowledge and find out about new crafts from others, like knitting, crochet, model kit making, scrap booking, Lego, sewing, painting… whatever is your thing!

We will be holding drop-in sessions once a month on a Monday. Please note refreshments are available to purchase at the pub.

No need to book, just turn up for your warm welcome. For more information email info@hccnthecharity.org

Mondays: 4th March, 15th April, 13th May, 10th June


The Black Bull, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, PE29 2AQ

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