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Safer Communities set up cancer support group in Codsall

December 28 2018
Gavin Williamson MP and Heather Dean at the group's launch event

Gavin Williamson MP and Heather Dean at the group's launch event

We wanted to deal with the issues and challenges posed by cancer to help local people. We want to provide support for members of the community on cancer journeys to prevent isolation, fears and mental health issues

Group founder, Heather Dean.

The group has been established by members of the community with the aim of offering support to anyone who has been affected by cancer. The group has three main objectives: 

  • to raise awareness of cancer and provide information;
  • to assist members to ask the right questions around treatment;
  • to support people in the community living with cancer. 

The group meets every third Thursday of the month at Codsall and Bilbrook Community Fire Station and has encouraged our MP to all the practice managers of local surgeries to make them aware of the group and the need to provide information about cancer symptoms. They also hope to involve as many relevant organisations as possible. There is complete confidentiality. 

The group offers a safe space for people to talk through issues as well as signposting members to information and raising awareness of cancer. The group aims to improve the health and wellbeing of its members and tackle the social isolation of those diagnosed, living with or affected by cancer. 

Safer Communities provided £400 to help the group set up by purchasing DBS checks, Public Liability Insurance, marketing materials and financing a launch event where £200 was raised for charity. 

Heather Dean founder of the group said “Four of us got together as cancer had affected all of our lives. We have all lived in the community of Bilbrook and Codsall for many years and became concerned about the lack of support in this key area. We wanted to deal with the issues and challenges posed by cancer to help local people. We want to provide support for members of the community on cancer journeys to prevent isolation, fears and mental health issues. 

“Gavin Williamson, our MP came along to the launch and he was very impressed with the work we were doing. We had seven people attend our first meeting. Twelve people came along to the second meeting and we heard some really moving and humbling stories. Along with our usual meetings every third Thursday of the month at the Fire Station, we decorated a tree in red for Christmas in the community. Also those people who come along to the meetings really seem to get friendship and support; in fact one of our retired members stated that the Group had given her a purpose!!” 

People wanting to know more about the group can contact Heather Dean on 01902 842938 or Les on mobile number 07724638519 or just come along between 10.00 and 11.45 at the Fire Station. All are welcome.