Local Support

Below are some organisations within the local area of Peterborough that may be of interest. These range from volunteer services to networks and help groups. 


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Cancer Wellbeing Service

logo-cancerwellbeingserviceThe Trust’s Cancer Wellbeing Service offers people living with, and beyond, cancer the opportunity to access new services and attend drop-in sessions at the Robert Horrell Macmillan Centre, situated near to the Oncology Department at PCH.

People no longer need to be formally referred to the centre, instead they can access the services directly and take advantage of special drop-in sessions running every weekday. Services at the centre are now available to families and carers of cancer sufferers, too. Staff are asked to spread the word to patients who have, or have had, cancer who might benefit from the new services on offer. These services include a range of different courses on all aspects of getting life back on track when you are effected by cancer, as well as one-to-one sessions.

The drop-in sessions will initially run from 9am to noon on Mondays and Fridays and 9am to 4pm on Tuesdays to Thursdays.

For more information, call the centre on extension 8570.

Healthwatch Peterborough


Healthwatch Peterborough is the independent champion for people who use health and social care services in Peterborough.

Their job is to make sure that those who run local health and care services locally understand and act on what really matters to people.

Get in touch if you have had a recent experience of using health or social care services. Healthwatch will listen to what you liked about a service and what could be improved. They share what people tell them with those with the power to make change happen. Local health and care decision makers have to listen to what Healthwatch says.

Healthwatch has an information service and can tell you what local health and care services are available locally, and what you can do if you have a problem with a local service.

Call 0330 355 1285

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Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services (PCVS)

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Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service (PCVS) is a registered charity set up by a number of local organisations in 1980 as an umbrella and network organisation to the voluntary sector in Peterborough.

Our support group is registered as one of over 550 local voluntary groups, registered charities and 'not for profit' organisations who are members.

PCVS provide many different services for members from room hiring, typing services to training. They offer free training to all affiliated groups and they are committed to their belief that people of all abilities can benefit.

  • Website: www.pcvs.co.uk
  • Telephone: 01733 342683 01733 311016
  • 3 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road , Peterborough PE1 2RP

Peterborough Cancer Treatment Appeal PCTA


The PCTA is a registered Charity dedicated to fundraising for equipment used in the treatment and diagnosis of cancer for the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which the Trust would be unable to afford from other resources. 

We were established in 1981 by the late Mr. Dennis Bracey, Medical Director of Peterborough Hospitals and Dr. Clement Brown visiting Oncologist from Addenbrookes.

  • Website: www.cta-peterborough.com/
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Face 2 Face


Face2Face (F2F) Peterborough version was run by Linda Woods who moved to Somerset last autumn. This was about helping people feel good or make adjustments to their colours, clothes, make up, use paraben, petrochemical & mineral free skin products, have massages, etc.

Currently Gaynor Spence runs colour analysis & make up sessions at the Wallace Centre in Cambridge & said she was going to start these for PCH patients under the name ‘Colour with confidence’. She stocks her own supply of skin products.

Who can benefit from this?

Any woman who has had a recent cancer diagnosis (not just breast cancer) can benefit from this service, plus those women who may still be receiving treatment (surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy) even though they might have had their original diagnosis a while back.

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Headstrong is run by Breast Cancer Care (BCC) who train and support all volunteers. This is because, as we understand it, Breast Cancer affected the largest number of people compared with other cancers years ago.

If you would like practical tips on looking after your hair and scalp, before during and after treatment, you can book a HeadStrong appointment. At your appointment you will be able to try on a range of hats, scarves, fringes and hairpieces in a comfortable and private environment. You also have the opportunity to buy selected items of stock.

Specially trained volunteers run the service and will show you how to tie scarves in a variety of styles, give you advice on how to deal with a sore and dry scalp, and talk through any concerns you may have about your hair loss.

This service is free and you can come as many times as you want - and you can bring someone along to give you a bit of support.

It's a good idea to make an appointment before you lose your hair so that you are prepared in advance and can see what is available for you.

You can make an appointment directly with the centre, follow the link below to find your local location

Please contact the Breast Cancer Nurses for further information.

Robert Horrell Macmillan Day Therapy Centre

The Robert Horrell Macmillan Day Therapy Centre has a multi-professional team which provide a range of treatments, advice, activities and support structures for patients who are living with cancer or other progressive illness.

Set in spacious grounds, the Robert Horrell Macmillan Day Therapy Centre was opened with the aim of providing a safe, supporting and caring environment for both patients and carers. The Centre is opposite the entrance to the haematology/ oncology unit at the rear of the City Hospital site.

Telephone: 01733 673000

Breast Care Nurses

The Breast Care Nurses can provide relevant up-to-date information and have a wealth of experience.

If you need to contact them their direct line is 01733 673061 (answer machine) and the Breast Unit on 01733 673057 (secretary) and they aim to return your call within two working days, however this is dependent on the number of requests of contact. If it is important for you to speak to them the same day call the hospital switchboard on 01733 678000 and ask them to bleep 1315.