Macmillan Horizon Centre
On this page
- Coronavirus update
- Support available at the Horizon Centre from 4 May 2021
- Activity sessions from home
- Ongoing cancer support
- Financial support
- Counselling and psychological therapies
- Body image support
- Peer support
- Other support
- About the Macmillan Horizon Centre
- Volunteering at the Horizon Centre
- How we can help
We have set up a comprehensive package of online and phone support for people living with cancer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the last year, the Horizon Centre remained open for drop in and with a takeaway café. Due to coronavirus, many of the Horizon Support services switched to phone or virtual delivery.
As restrictions are lifting, we are planning a phased return of face-to-face support services from the start of May.
The Information Lounge is open if you would like to come in to get some information, chat to someone or just use the space to sit while you wait.
The café is open for takeaway food and drink.
The café is also hosting a food bank for people living with and affected by cancer.
We’re pleased to announce the phased re-opening of our complementary therapy services from 4 May 2021.
We are now able to offer face-to-face appointments for complementary therapies at the Horizon Centre, including:
- craniosacral therapy
- Indian head massage
Yoga (12 May-16 June)
A 6-week yoga programme will be running every Wednesday at 11am from 12 May-16 June.
All levels of experience (or inexperience!) are welcome to join this session with Laura.
This programme will take place in our beautiful horizon view room.
Information and support
Welfare and benefits
All our welfare benefits services are running and they can be contacted over the phone.
These are virtual sessions using Microsoft Teams. This is very easy to use – just give us a call and we can help you get set up!
- Breathing workshop - Wednesdays 2-3pm.
- Exercise for wellness - Wednesdays 3.15-4.15pm.
John will be starting a new 10-week exercise programme. This programme runs from 5 May-7 July.
- Horizon Connect - Fridays 10.30am-11.30am.
- Anxiety management - Thursdays 11am-12pm.
- Mindfulness - Thursdays 2.30pm-3pm.
This is a challenging time for everyone, but people living with cancer may be particularly affected. Social distancing and self-isolation mean you may be experiencing a loss of contact and disruption to the support mechanisms that you have built up to help you.
At the Macmillan Horizon Centre, we’re still here for you – on the end of the phone, online and by email. While we can’t run our services in the usual way, through Horizon Connect we are offering new ways to stay in touch and offer you the practical, financial and emotional support you need.
What is Horizon connect?
How does it work?
Virtual support – meet up with others ‘face-to-face’ in a facilitated, online support group
We will be running a virtual Horizon Connect online support group session on Fridays at 10.30am for 45 minutes. To access these sessions email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email you back with instructions on how to join. This is easily done and is free. This will be a facilitated session that will allow a virtual video meeting with others. It allows you to talk with those in similar positions and can provide both support and practical hints and tips.
Phone support – get regular phone-based support or just call us for a chat
You can phone us on 01273 468770 between 9am and 4pm. During an initial phone call with either Scarlett or Elaine, you can determine if you would like follow-up call/s and the frequency of these. Follow up calls will be carried out by our wonderful Macmillan Horizon Centre Information & Support Volunteers, whom many of you may have met at the Horizon Centre.
Email support – access flexible support as and when you want it
You can email us at email@example.com. This option allows you to be in touch by email, as and when you wish, or regularly. The advantage of this is that it is not at a fixed time, which may suit some people better.
Our advisers give free, confidential and impartial advice to anyone affected by cancer in Sussex. They can help you identify the benefits you are entitled to and help you with filling in forms.
All our welfare benefits services are still running and are being conducted over the phone.
There’s a broad range of emotional and psychological support available to cancer patients, their families and carers.
The University Sussex Hospitals NHS Cancer Psychological Therapies Service
This is a free counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy service available for cancer patients and immediate family members/carers during and up to six months post-treatment. It is being offered online (video), on the telephone and face-to-face. Referrals to this service can be made via the Sussex Cancer Centre specialist nurses or oncologists.
HOPE (Help overcome problems effectively) course
A six week self-management course ideally suited for people who are coming to the end of treatment or finished treatment. It focuses on topics including:
- smarter goal setting
- priorities and values
- living positively with fears for the future
- character strengths
- physical activity
- eating well
- managing stress
- coping with fatigue
- finding things to be thankful for.
Currently running online but will also return to face-to-face when it is safe to do so.
Partners in Treatment
A structured four week course to support partners/husbands/wives of patients undergoing cancer treatment. The course focuses on building communication skills, strategies to help with relationship issues, ideas about looking after yourself and lowering stress.
Currently running online but will also return to face-to-face when it is safe to do so.
For further information contact:
Laura Pritchard: Macmillan Lead for Psychological Therapies
Telephone: 01273 664694
Psychological Therapies Support Worker: Megan Consterdine
Telephone: 01273 664696
The Macmillan Horizon Centre Psychological Therapy Service
This service supports patients, family members and carers from 6 months after treatment has finished.
Counselling sessions are still running and are being conducted over the phone or as online video sessions until face to face support can resume.
These other services are also available:
Anxiety Management Virtual Session - Thursdays 11am-12pm
In this group online session offered by Chris, he will share practical steps you can take to soothe anxiety and worry.
He will introduce simple, tried and tested techniques which you can take away and practise yourself.
Mindfulness Virtual Session - Thursdays
This is a weekly group session of mindfulness practice offered by Kay, who is a fully qualified mindfulness teacher.
Life Coaching - one-to-one online sessions
Coaching is an active, participatory process in which people set goals and agree various actions and tasks in collaboration with their coach. Coaching focuses on how things are for people at the moment and planning for the future.
Other Macmillan psychological support services across Sussex
East Sussex Healthcare Trust
The East Sussex Macmillan Counselling Service has staff based in Eastbourne and Hastings and provides a range of psychological services in Eastbourne, Seaford, Uckfield, Bexhill and Hastings areas.
Telephone: 01323 414 918 extension: 3252
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
West Sussex Healthcare Trust
The West Sussex Macmillan Psychological Therapy Service based in Worthing provides a counselling service for patients with a cancer diagnosis who are referred by their CNS or consultant.
Psychological support services for people affected by cancer are also available across Sussex at:
Look Good Feel Better – makeover sessions
LGFB have launched online tutorials covering a variety of topics from make up to haircare. They have also launched tutorials for men and teens and young adults. All of these resources can be found on their website.
They have also started to run live online workshops covering:
- Learning how to look after your skin and applying make-up at home
- Offering a chance to chat to each other whilst the LGFB make up artist hosts the session
- An individual review of your make up bag.
You’ll need a computer or tablet with a working camera and microphone to take part.
Marie is available to offer advice and information about wigs and hair loss. She can offer support and consultations by phone, video call or email.
Claire can offer online consultations for those facing hair loss and help to make it a less daunting prospect.
Consultations are available via video call. These demonstrate and advise on hair wear using items such as scarves, beanies, turbans and bandanas.
To find out more, visit Chemoheadwear.
Head and neck buddies
Our amazing Head and Neck Buddies are continuing to support people by phone – offering an opportunity to talk to someone who has had experience of treatment for head and neck cancer, either as a patient or as a carer.
Many of the support groups that usually meet in the centre are still meeting and running support virtually online.
BRCA Brighton Support Group
This group offers support to women who have or have had breast or ovarian cancer and who are also carriers of the BRCA 1 & 2 gene.
They are continuing to meet online once a month and continue to support each other via their Facebook page. Search for BRCA Brighton on Facebook.
If you would like to join the monthly meeting please email email@example.com.
THANCS - The Head & Neck Cancer Support Group
This group is open to anyone who has undergone or is undergoing treatment for head or neck cancer. Family and friends are also warmly welcomed to attend.
RESTORE aims to support people living with cancer related fatigue. It provides information about things you can do to help you cope with fatigue. It can also give you more confidence to manage your fatigue.
RESTORE has been designed by the University of Southampton in collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support and is based on the most up-to-date evidence.
Albion in the Community are still accepting new referrals into their Brighter Outlook Programme to help you get active and stay active in a way that is right and safe for you. This includes a tailored exercise programme. You can self refer via their website.
They also have a range of YouTube videos available, which have all been designed by their Level 4 Cancer Rehab coaches and cover:
They are also running live seated, gentle exercise and young adult sessions on Zoom. If you would like to sign up for these sessions, please contact Albion in the Community directly via their website.
The Macmillan Horizon Centre opened in November 2016. It has been designed with input from people affected by cancer to make it the best place to offer the support and services that people in Sussex need. The centre offers all round support from a team of specialists in a calm, friendly and welcoming environment.
The Macmillan Horizon Centre is a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, the Sussex Cancer Fund and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Volunteers play a vital role at the Macmillan Horizon Centre. We couldn't offer these services without people like you. If you have the time and skills to help us support people affected by cancer, please get in touch today.
You can browse all opportunities or find out more about the different services below to find the best way for you to get involved.