Online counselling for people affected by cancer

by We Hear You
Online counselling for people affected by cancer


At We Hear You we understand that cancer can be overwhelming. It can leave you feeling numb, isolated and terrified and can seem too big to cope with. We provide a safe space for people to say the unsayable and ask the unanswerable. When you ask WHY we hear you. Please help WHY to provide online face to face counselling sessions for people who can't reach one of our venues - because they are stuck without transport - or maybe they are caring for a loved one at home.

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Around 10,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the the South West of the UK where we work, and one in four die from the disease. Up to a quarter of people with cancer lose their relationships because of the illness and suicide contemplation rates among those diagnosed are three times the national average.


WHY's counselling provides a place where people can find the support they need, express their deepest fears and say the 'unsayable' without fear of hurting those around them. Our counsellors are fully qualified and experienced in working with cancer and bereavement. We see people at ten different venues but sometimes people are unable to reach a physical venue and we want to offer an online alternative, using Zoom, a programme similar to Skype.

Long-Term Impact

With our support people are able to find a way to bear their grief, overcome depression and find a way to live again. Cancer survivors are better able to return to work. Carers are helped to withstand the physical and emotional strain so that they can continue caring for their loved one. People diagnosed with incurable illness are helped to come to terms with it and die a peaceful death. Children and young people are helped to understand what is happening, to cope better at home and in school.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Organization Information

We Hear You

Location: Frome, Somerset - United Kingdom
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @WHYwehearyou
Ruth Knagg
Project Leader:
Ruth Knagg
Frome , Somerset United Kingdom

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