Local Cancer Information Directory West Essex

Includes contacts for: Macmillan, Carers Support, Citizens Advice, Transport/Parking, Support Groups, Health & Wellbeing, Physical Activity, Hospice, Practical Support & Bereavement Support.

Please note - due to COVID-19, some of the groups may offer a reduced service,

please contact them directly for more information.

This directory is for patients in the west Essex locality. Also available as a one page, printable pdf.

Cancer Information and Support Service


The West Essex Macmillan 


1st Floor, Addison House, Hamstel Road,
Harlow, Essex, CM20 1EP

Tel: 01279 698 673

Email: westessex.cancerinformation@nhs.net

Web: https://eput.nhs.uk/our-services/west-essex/cancer-support/

West Essex Facebook Support Group – search for West Essex Cancer Support on facebook.

  • Support and information for anyone affected by cancer

  • Face to face visits to discuss your needs

  • Information and access to other services

  • Benefits advice and assistance

  • A volunteer befriending service

  • HOPE course – six week self-management course for people living with cancer and who have finished their cancer treatment

  • Information service at Williams Day Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital

  • Information points at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping and Saffron Walden Community Hospital


Carers support  


Carers First ( Essex)


Unit 4,(Ground floor),
Freeport office Village,
CenturyDrive, Braintree,
Essex   CM778YG




Provide emotional support, practical support, advice, information and informal advocacy. 


Citizens Advice  


Uttlesford Citizens Advice Bureau


Tel: 01799 618840


Barnards Yard, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4EB

Email: bureau@uttlesfordcab.cabnet.org.uk

Web:   www.uttlefordcab.org.uk

  • Advice on housing

  • Financial advice

  • Advice on education

  • Advice on work

Epping Forest District Citizens Advice Bureau

Tel:   03444 770 808

Monday to Friday 10.00 to 16.00


Epping Office -
Ernest Wythes House, 50a Hemnall Street, Epping CM16 4LS

Loughton Office -
Loughton Library (first floor), Traps Hill, Loughton IG10 1HD

Waltham Abbey Office -
Side Entrance, Town Hall, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1DE

Web: http://www.citizensadviceefd.org.uk/#


We provide free, confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people's lives.

  • Advice on housing

  • Financial advice

  • Advice on education

  • Advice on work

Harlow Citizens Advice Bureau


Tel:   0344 4770808


13-15 Eastgate, The High, Harlow, Essex CM20 1HP


Open Monday - Friday 10am-4pm

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am till 1pm

Web: http://www.harlowcitizensadvice.org.uk/

Public Telephone Access Line for guidance and information


Citizens Advice Harlow gives advice audited by the Citizens Advice Service.
All advice is given free of charge but is of the highest professional standard.
We deal with a wide range of issues including debt, divorce, benefits, housing,
consumer and legal issues.

Transport or Parking


Epping Forest Community Transport

Tel:   01992 579556


Web:   www.vaef.org.uk

Operates in your community with volunteer drivers


  • Individual bookings

  • Group bookings

  • Voluntary/community groups

  • Community buses

  • Excursions

  • No emergency doctor/hospital appointments


Uttlesford Community Travel
Tel:   01371 875787


Web:   www.uttlesfordcommunitytravel.org


  • Community volunteer transport for the over 60’s the disabled or those who are rurally isolated

  • The service covers all types of medical appointments, travel to day centres, hair appointments, days out or visits to friends

  • You will need to become a member to use the service and there is a charge made


Support groups and support centres


Helen Rollason

West Essex Support Centre within Harlow LeisureZone,

Second Avenue, Harlow


Tel:     01279 413412


Email:   admin@helenrollason.org.uk

Web:     www.helenrollason.org.uk


  • The centre offers a range of free support and therapies to help people living with cancer

  • Including counselling and support groups

  • Complementary therapies


The Hummingbird Group


Herts and Essex Hospital, The Kitwood Suite,
Cavell Drive, off Haymeads Lane,
Bishop’s Stortford,  CM23 5JH


Tel:     01279 827247




  • The centre offers Reiki within NHS environments and other health support groups

  • Drop in meets on alternate Mondays, 10am to 1pm at the Rhodes Arts Centre Cafe Bar, off South Road in Bishop’s Stortford


ProActive – Prostate Cancer Self-Help Group


Tel:   07747 374692


Email: proactive.epping@gmail.com

Web:   www.proactive.me.uk


An informal local group for men with prostate cancer, and their carers, which provides support to other patients and their families through regular meetings at St Margaret’s Hospital. 

Breast Cancer Support Group

Orchard Day Unit,

St Margarets Hospital,
The Plain, Epping,
Essex, CM16 6TN


Tel:      01992 575449 (Gloria Eveleigh)

  • Advice, peer support & practical help for women who have, or have had, breast cancer.

  • Meetings are the 3rd Thursday of the month, 7.00pm-8.45pm

  • Alternate months have information session with a guest speaker.

  • Patients are encouraged to self-refer


Secondary Breast Cancer Support Group


Based at UCLH in London

Tel: 020 3906 1406


Web: www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk    


Monthly group specifically for patients with metastatic breast cancer.


Meets monthly on Tuesdays from 5.30pm-7pm

Lung Support Group


Paringdon Sports Club, Paringdon Road,
Harlow, Essex, CM19 4QT


Tel (Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist)
– 07932526152, 01279 827622

  • Peer support for people who are affected by lung cancer: patients, relatives & carers.

  • Facilitated by Lung Cancer Nurse.

  • Guest speakers.

  • Meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the month, 2pm-4pm


Connect - Stoma patients support group

The Harlow & District Stoma Group,
The Link, Parsloe Road,
Harlow, Essex, CM19 4RT

Tel: Lin Hart 01279 505273


Email: comeconnectwithus@gmail.com

  • Oesophageal & Gastric Cancer & Related Conditions Support group
    offering practical & emotional support for stoma patients, partners, family and friends.

  • Monthly programme of events.

  • Annual fee £8 single, £13 joint (partner or friend)

  • Meetings are 2nd Tuesday of every month, 10.30am-12noon


Essex Bowel Cancer Support Group


Facebook based online support group


Admin: Emma Sly –

Macmillan Recovery Package Manager,
Princess Alexandra Hospital


Tel: 01279 444455 ext 3023


Email: Emma.Sly@pah.nhs.uk


(or from your personal Facebook acct. just search for Essex Bowel Cancer Support)


This is a closed/private support group for anyone affected by Bowel Cancer.

A very friendly bunch who offer peer to peer support for anyone who needs.

The group is overseen by a specialist nurse who can be available for any medical questions


Emotional and health and wellbeing support


Healthy Minds


Tel: 0300 2225943


Web: www.hpft.nhs.uk/healthyminds


Healthy Minds is a NHS service offering quick and easy access to talking therapies, practical support and employment advice for anyone who may be experiencing depression, anxiety or stress

Health and Wellbeing Events


Lisa Reid

Macmillan Recovery Package Manager

Princess Alexandra Hospital


Events organised every 3-4 months for patients and their loved ones. The events offer advice on a variety of topics including:


Diet & nutrition, Exercise, Benefits, Breathlessness, Fatigue and Mindfulness


Plus gives an opportunity for peer to peer support


Macmillan Hope Course


Run by The West Essex Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service

Tel: 01279 698 673

HOPE course is a six week self-management course for people living with cancer and/or who have finished their cancer treatment.

Moving on from your breast cancer (MBV course)


Held in either Epping or Harlow


Tel: 01279 827857


Email: mbvatpah@outlook.com

  • A free course for anyone with breast cancer.

  • Aimed at self and health improvement post treatment

  • 2hrs per week for 6 weeks

  • Incudes sessions on nutrition, physiology, exercise, mindfulness, dressing post treatment.

  • An opportunity to share experience and learning with other breast cancer patients

Fabulous and Beautiful

Held in either Epping or Harlow

Tel:   01279 827857

  • Held first Monday of the month from 11am – 2pm.

  • Pampering session and chance to talk to other people with breast cancer


Brafternoon Support group                                                          


Manor of Groves Hotel,                                                                                                                                           


Herts,CM21 0JU

Tel: Anita Gray 07703254001



Held fourth Monday of the month from 11-3pm.

Ladies support group for all cancer types, offering an opportunity to meet likeminded individuals for support and friendship with regular speakers and events.


Cancer Hair Care


Williams Day Unit

Princess Alexander Hospital







Look Good Feel Better


The Rivers Hospital




Held 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.


9.30-1.30pm. Expert hair advisors can help with; Headscarves & headwear, scalp cooling, makeup, wig care and styling advice, new hair growth.


LGFB provides free skincare and makeup workshops for men and women cancer patients.

Physical Activity


Energise Cancer Rehab

Epping Sports Centre, 25 Hemnall Street,

Epping, CM16 4LU

Annette Stansfield (Cancer rehabilitation scheme co-ordinator)

Tel: 01992 564564  

Email: Annettestansfield@pfpleisure.org.uk


12 week programme with advice and support to becoming more active

  • Referral via GP or health professional

  • 12 weeks of unlimited exercise for £49.95

  • Cancer rehab exercise class runs on Tuesday 12.15pm, which are free while on the scheme

  • Personal health assessment and exercise programme

  • Nutritional. Exercise and lifestyle support

  • Online activity planner

  • Specialist cancer rehab classes

  • Low impact classes including yoga, pilates and stretch

  • Swimming


Cancer Be Fit – Fitness for breast cancer survivors


Tel: 07701 094373

Email: tayloredfitness@sky.com


A free fitness class run by Elaine, a survivor and qualified Cancer and
Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist


  • Classes on Tuesdays 10.30am at The Norman Booth Centre, Elderfield,
    Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, Harlow, CM17 0EY


Active Harlow Social Strollers

Tel:   Chris Purvis - 01279 446435

Email:   chris.purvis@harlow.gov.uk

  • Walks are free to join and happen every other Friday in Harlow Town Park.  

  • A calendar of our walks is available at www.harlow.gov.uk

  • 30 minute or 60 minute route option available.


Exercise: An introduction to physical activity


Held at St Margarets Hospital

Tel: 01279 827857 (Wed – Thurs 9am-5pm)


Email: pah.exercise@nhs.net

  • A free course for anyone with breast cancer who wishes to improve their level of exercise post treatment

  • A fun six week course

  • 12.30-1.30om on Tuesdays.

  • All levels of fitness welcome even if you have never exercised before




St Clares Hospice


St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood Road,
Hastingwood, Essex, CM17 9JX

Tel:   01279 773 700


Web:   http://stclarehospice.org.uk/

Email: info@stclarehospice.org.uk


  • St Clare Hospice is a local charity and each year we care for hundreds of people across West Essex and the East Hertfordshire border.

  • Provide free, compassionate care and support to adults with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers.


Practical Support

Community Agents Essex – Supporting Independent Living


Tel: to arrange a free visit,
call 08009 775858 or 01376 574341


Web:   www.communityagentessex.org.uk

Email:   enquiries@caessex.org.uk

An innovative partnership supporting older people over 65 and their informal carers

  • Mobility issues

  • Practical living skills

  • Social inclusion

  • Healthy living

  • Caring for someone

  • Individual resilence






Frontline is a community project that helps the public and professionals.

A library of local health and wellbeing services.


Lymphoedema Support

Breast cancer referrals are sent to
Breast Care Unit, St Margaret’s Hospital.

Non breast patients are sent to appropriate Lymphoedema service via G.P or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

The service is community based and was established to treat people affected by lymphoedema secondary to their cancer. It also cares for patients who have complex oedema at end of life.

Bereavement Support


Cruse Bereavement Care


Tel: National helpline – 0844 477 9400

Email: helpline@cruse.org.uk

Website:   www.cruse.org.uk

Cruse young people’s support Helpline 0808 808 1677


Website   www.RD4U.org.uk

  • Cruse is a national charity that provides advice, information and support and anyone who has been bereaved, whenever or however the death occurred.

  • A free confidential service.

  • Face-to-face, telephone, email and website support, both post- and pre-bereavement.

  • National helpline and local services throughout the country


Macmillan Support Line – 0808 808 0000
(7 days a week, 8am-8pm)