The Cancer Support Centre Sutton Coldfield was founded as a charity in 2001 to support cancer patients in the Midlands.
Its creation began when Mavis Cunningham; who was an experienced nurse and was involved with a local breast cancer charity, recognised the gap in support available locally and developed an idea with other founding members.
These founder members envisioned a house where an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity would be created. It would be a place of sanctuary for those affected by cancer. Counselling and complementary therapies would be provided for those with cancer and help would be available for family and friends.
In May 1999, when the idea was in its infancy the first steps were taken with a fortnightly evening Relaxation and Support Group. In October 2000 a committee was set up and a small group of people worked hard to achieve both company and charitable status in 2001. In October 2001 premises were found which enabled The Cancer Support Centre to open 1 day a week. By the end of the first year the number of clients had doubled and the Centre opened for 2 days a week.
The continued success of the service meant new premises were required and with the support of Sutton Coldfield Municipal Charities, the charity moved to Station House, Midland Drive in 2004 and by 2007 was open for 4 days a week.
In 2010, The Trustees realised that larger more suitable premises were required and negotiations began to enable the Cancer Support Centre to move to Lindridge Road, Sutton Coldfield where it could share the premises on a 50/50 basis with St Giles Supportive Care. The move took place at the end of February 2011.
Since then the numbers attending the Centre have continued to increase year on year. Our mission has remained aligned to the original goals we aim to provide a place of sanctuary and support for adults whose lives are affected by cancer.
By our 15th anniversary we operated 5 days a week and supported around 200 new clients a year and had over 400 active clients registered at any one time. We believe in an integrated approach to health and wellbeing and want people to live their lives well. We provide care and support for both patients and those who care for them. Our service supports the whole person their body mind and spirit. We continue to provide therapies 1:1 to help the client working in a complementary way along side the medical profession who are treating the cancer.
Our services have widened to include courses to equip people to help themselves to cope with the impacts of cancer such as the emotions, the stress, the inability to sleep well or relax. We also have a number of groups that offer activities which bring people together with like minded people who are in a similar situation.
Some activities are therapeutic others are social but the friendships and support that develop between people that join us are priceless.
Looking to the future we have set our vision and mission in order to help more people affected by cancer to live well assisted by our high quality services and support.