The Haven: Breast Cancer Support Centres
An update on our recent activities, June 2012
We are delighted to report that we are reaching more people who could benefit from our services: we helped a total of 639 different Visitors across our three Havens (in London, Hereford and Leeds) in the first four months of 2012. This is an 11% increase compared to last year in the same period. While breast cancer incidence rates increase, we are helping more women (and a small number of men) to improve their quality of life while they undergo treatment for breast cancer - and to find their way forward after it.
Outreach Support Days
We are expanding the outreach project we began last year to increase activities based outside of our Havens, with the aim of taking our specialised support services directly to patients wherever they are. Our pilot project of six Outreach Support Days, operating from our Hereford Haven, has been very successful and we are now planning ten more events, starting from July 2012. One Cardiff participant commented:
“The whole day was so useful. It was great to have the opportunity to meet other women and to share experiences. It would be wonderful to have something like your Haven in the south Wales area where it is more accessible for people like me.”
Healthcare Professional Awareness Days
These events have been a huge success in London, and our Leeds Haven successfully held its first session in May, with 16 healthcare professionals attending. The events are aimed at raising the profile of The Haven among breast care nurses so that they are aware of our free services and how we can help the breast cancer patients they are supporting. Our evaluation in Leeds showed that 100% of the participants would promote The Haven’s services to their patients.
Update on new services offered
Our Haven Macmillan Benefits Welfare and Money Management Adviser and Haven Macmillan Information and Support Manager are now operational and offer a variety of new services. These services are based in London but can support Visitors accessing care and treatment at our other locations; support from these posts is also available for people affected by any kind of cancer, including breast cancer.
"My medical team was very caring but I felt a bit lost after the treatment had ended. The medical side of things had been taken care of but I couldn’t help thinking: “What next?”
Case Study-Sukhi , a London Visitor
I was going through an extremely difficult emotional time with my husband working abroad a lot and I couldn’t see the way ahead – but as soon as I entered The Haven building, I felt comforted, safe and nurtured. It became my lifeline. All the therapists were fantastic but it was emotional healing, acupuncture and mind and body therapy that were most empowering and helped me to put my life back on track.
I finished the cancer treatment over a year ago, and I now feel that the future is going to be a healthy one. I owe The Haven such gratitude. It is truly worthy of its name.