Funding secured from the National Lottery Community Fund enables us to expand the support we can offer to people affected by cancer through the development and delivery of the Living with Uncertainty project. This project consists of two group-delivered programmes; an expansion to our successful Fear of Recurrence programme as well as the new Living with Uncertainty programme.
The National Lottery Community Fund distributes more than £600 million per year raised by players of the National Lottery, to communities across the UK and this funding allows the Beatson Cancer Charity to support more people through our group programmes than ever before.
The Living with Uncertainty project consists of two group-based programmes which aim to help participants face the challenges and anxieties associated with a cancer diagnosis. Participants are supported to explore their fears while developing coping skills and self-management techniques. This stops anxiety taking over their lives and helps build their confidence to focus on living their life fully.
Thanks to the funding from the National Lottery Community fund, we can continue offering the existing Fear of Recurrence programme to those who experience a fear of their cancer returning which has a significant impact on their day-to-day life. The Fear of Recurrence programme has previously been offered to those with a breast cancer diagnosis and we are delighted to be able to expand this to all cancer types. We are also delighted to introduce the Living with Uncertainty programme which is offered to those with an incurable cancer diagnosis as well as those who live with a high level of uncertainty around their cancer, for example rare cancer types and those on clinical trials.
The group content is underpinned by a therapeutic model called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT helps facilitate meaningful behaviour change through increasing emotional acceptance of difficult psychological experience and encouraging re-connection with or identifying new values.
Many patients say that the peer support aspect of being in a group is invaluable. It can be reassuring to know others have similar fears and worries and inspiring to witness others start to overcome their struggles.
Find out about each group session in the links below or contact email@example.com