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Cancer Nelson and Tasman Support Services

We hold a number of support groups in the Nelson/Tasman region.  Please refer below for more information about each of these.

Please complete the Registration form if you wish to be registered with us

Download Self-Registration Form Cancer Society

We hold the following support groups. Please refer to What’s On for dates and more information.

Upcoming Group Dates

Breast Cancer Support Group Nelson

Monthly

Relaxed, friendly atmosphere, come and share your stories and talk with others. Free of charge, light morning tea provided.
Contact the Cancer Society Nelson Centre for dates and more information
P: (03) 539 1137

 

Survivors and Thrivers Groups Nelson, Motueka and Golden Bay

Bi Monthly

If you have or have had cancer or are supporting someone with cancer and would like to meet others in a similar situation to yourself, come along and meet like minded people. Meet new people and have fun in this friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Please Contact the Cancer Society Nelson Centre for dates and to register
P: (03) 539 1137

Carers Support Group Nelson

1st Wednesday of every month

For Partners / Family / Friends who are supporting someone with cancer, or recovering from cancer. Come and meet others and discuss what you would find helpful from this group. Contact the Cancer Society Nelson Centre for more information and to register

P: (03) 539 1137

Mindfulness and Relaxation

For people affected by and/or supporting someone with cancer.  Tuesdays 1pm at Fairfield House, Nelson. Contact David Wakeling

P: (03) 548 3317   Mob: 027 695 9398 for more information or phone the Centre

P: (03) 539 1137

Prostate Cancer Support Group

1st Thursday of the month 1.30 - 3.30pm at Broadgreen House, Nelson

Nelson and Tasman has a very active Prostate Cancer Support Group and welcomes men newly diagnosed (pre treatment), or with longstanding disease (post treatment), to learn how to best survive/manage their conditions.  The group draws on all the resources of the National Prostate Cancer Foundation and meets monthly with the sole purpose of guiding/helping current and new members and their support personnel.  Our people also help at any time required outside of the normal meeting times.

Please contact Bill Fergie
P: (03) 544 8635  Mob: 021 0620427
E: dfergie_60@hotmail.com

Nelson & Marlborough Head and Neck Cancer Support Group Nelson

Bimonthly

Support group for people who have had cancer of the mouth and throat including lyrangectomy.
Please contact Emma Burns, Speech Therapist
P: (03) 546 1797
E: emma.burns@nmdhb.govt.nz

Blood Cancer Support Group Nelson

Monthly, for more information

P: (03)  5443037 Graham or (03) 5442636 Lloyd

Education

We hold regular educational workshops and seminars on various topics including Look Good Feel Better workshops, Skin Awareness, What Do Caregivers Need, Living Well Programmes. Please refer to What’s On for upcoming events or check our face book page.
(Look Good Feel Better Workshop photo)

Support Grants

The Nelson and Tasman Cancer Society recognises that people with cancer often have to cope with additional costs as a direct result of their illness and that often this leads to financial hardship.

The Patient Support Grant system is intended to provide short-term help to people with cancer and direct family members during a period of adjustment to changed circumstances, and is tailored as much as possible to be flexible in meeting the needs of individual situations. Only in special circumstances will grants be considered after a patient has died.

 

Support Grant

Your doctor or oncology nurse can request this support grant by completing the form or you can self refer by contacting the Centre.

Download PATIENT SUPPORT GRANT APPLICATION

Counselling

We provide free counselling to any member of the family to help them navigate the many aspects of cancer.  Your doctor or oncology nurse can request this counselling for you by completing the form or you can self refer by contacting the Centre.

Download COUNSELLING GRANT APPLICATION

Fitness and Lifestyle support

Check out our new Strength System programme we are offering in our community.

Any donations will go towards covering a person's gym membership and trainer.

You can download the Strength Gym Programme Sponsorship letter 2017

Want to find out more?

If you would like to find out more about the strength system gym programme or any of our cancer support services in Nelson

please phone the Centre (03) 539 1137 or email us.

Family Support

The Patient Support Grant system is intended to provide short-term help to families during a period of adjustment to changed circumstances, and is assessed and tailored as much as possible to be flexible in meeting the needs of individual family situations. Only in special circumstances will grants be considered after a patient has died.

We offer a holistic approach supporting immediate families in various ways (e.g. school camps, school uniforms, school fees).

Other support services

Volunteer driver

We offer a number of free services

  • Our volunteer drivers provide transport to and from treatment and medical appointments
  • We provide accommodation for our locals to stay for free during their treatment at Daffodil House, Daffodil Lodge and Ranui House in Christchurch and Margaret Stewart House in Wellington
  • A Camera for families to use while out of town having treatment
  • Library books and cancer information, including DVD’s and videos,
  • Children’s library
  • Wheelchair available
  • Sunshade Marquees and Umbrellas

National Office also offer

  • Online support www.cancerchat.org.nz
  • Cancer Connect Mentor System
  • Cancer Information Nurses 0800 226 237
  • Cantalk magazine and our local newsletter

Visit the National Office website

Find out more about our support services

If you would like to find out more about our individual support services or join a support group please phone the Centre(03) 539 1137 or email us.