14 February 2014
The Macmillan Connections network was officially launched at an allotment on the Wythenshawe estate which will be maintained by gardeners affected by cancer.
Macmillan Cancer Support has launched a social network across Manchester to help combat feelings of isolation cancer survivors often experience after completing treatment.
The initiative ‘Macmillan Connections’ is the brainchild of cancer survivor and Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Manager, Debbie Smith, and will be run from the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre based at UHSM’s (University Hospital of South Manchester) Wythenshawe Hospital.
With the number of people living with and beyond cancer expected to increase to 38% in 2020, the project aims to ensure that cancer survivors get the care and support they need in order to lead as healthy and active a life as possible, for as long as possible.
Debbie said: “We have developed a local Greater Manchester social and leisure directory to help people to know where to go in the local area for sports clubs, swimming venues, walking clubs and other leisure activities. This ‘Macmillan Connections’ group will help people to connect with others in the same situation and move forward together, sharing the same interest, sport or hobby so no one has to face cancer alone.”
If you think you’d like to be a part of the Macmillan Connections project in Manchester, contact Debbie and the team here.