Coronavirus update

We have set up a comprehensive package of online and phone support for people living with cancer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Horizon Centre will remain open during the third national lockdown:

  • the café is open for takeaway food and drink.
  • 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 whilst you wait.

Therapies and group activities are currently suspended and will be restarting as soon as government guidance allows. In the meantime, we will continue to offer a range of support by phone and virtually.

If you’d like to find out more about the services available and how to book onto them, please call 01273 468770 or e-mail

Ongoing cancer support

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?

Horizon Connect offers you contact and support in a way that works best for you, whether that’s a regular phone call, an online support group or help ‘as and when’.

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 e-mail and we will e-mail 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 face-to-face 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.

E-mail support – access flexible support as and when you want it

You can email us: 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.

Financial support

Welfare benefits

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.

If you would like to contact the Welfare Benefits Team please email Janet on, or call her on 07483 171 832 or the Horizon Centre on 01273 468770.

Counselling and psychological therapies

There’s a broad range of emotional and psychological support available to cancer patients, their families and carers.

The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Macmillan 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 6 months post-treatment, that is currently offered via telephone and online (video). Referrals to this service can be made via the Sussex Cancer Centre specialist nurses or oncologists.

It will resume as a face to face service as soon as it is safely able to do so after the coronavirus outbreak.

For further information contact:

Laura Pritchard- Macmillan Lead for Psychological Therapies.

Tel: 01273 664694. Email:

Secretary: Hannah O’Neill. Tel: 01273 696955 x 64226.

Email: hannah.o'

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 11:00-12:00

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.

If you would like to access counselling or attend the online sessions please call 01273 468 770 or email

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:

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:

Activity sessions from home

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!

If you would like to attend any of the online sessions below, please call 01273 468 770 or email

Chair-based pilates – Wednesdays, 15:15-16:15

Join John for friendly, gentle and relaxed Pilates sessions.

Trouble getting up from a chair? Struggling more with your shopping? These Pilates-based moves could really help. 

Build strength, improve balance and increase flexibility. With plenty of laughter along the way too!

Poetry pop-in – Thursdays, 11:00-12:00 (starts 28th January 2021)

From beginners to aficionados, you are invited to join Niki to take time out for a Poetry Pop-in.

Each week Niki will provide a poem or two from the classic to the contemporary, on a different theme and explore how reading and writing poetry can be a source of solace and support well-being.

Along with running weekly poetry appreciation sessions, she will be creating new work inspired by her own cancer experience. This poetry project is possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Yoga Nidra – Mondays, 11:00-11.30

Please join this 30 minute session of virtual Yoga Nidra – sometimes called ‘yoga sleep’. It is guided by meditation.

Breathing workshop – Wednesdays, 14:00-15:00

Our breathing workshop is a chance to learn how to use your breath to help you to relax and feel calmer. 

Richard, our expert volunteer will lead you through the workshop sharing with you techniques and breathing sequences that you can then use whenever you need to take a breather.  

Eat Well Feel Better – Cookery Workshop

Bite sized ‘Eat Well, Feel Better’ virtual cookery demonstrations.

Each week one recipe will be taken from the usual 3-part cookery workshop, covering; Breakfast, Eating a Rainbow and Protein. 

Each session will be approximately 45 minutes long. All recipes will be sent out prior to the session if you would like to cook them at the same time.

If you would like to attend the online sessions above, please call 01273 468 770 or email

Body image support

Look Good Feel Better – Make-Over 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.

If you’d like more information on the workshops please email or phone 07545 551531.


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.

Please contact Marie on 01273 778515 or


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 as scarfs, beanies, turbans and bandanas.

To find out more, visit Chemoheadwear.

Peer support

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.

To book an appointment or for more details please call on 01273 468770 or email

Support groups

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 carries of the faulty 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

Bright Sparks - Brain tumour support group

This group offers support to anyone who has been diagnosed with a primary brain tumour. Many of the group are also carers and relatives who understand life with a brain tumour.

They are still offering virtual support while group meetings are suspended. If you would like to connect with the group, please email Jill Collins on

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.

More information and contact details can be found on their website.

Other support


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.
Visit their website for further information and to access services of RESTORE.

Help Overcoming Problems Effectively

The iHOPE Programme is an online 6 weeks course covering self-management, enhancing resilience, rediscovering strengths and increasing your ability to cope through these difficult and challenging times.

The next course will start on 1 June 2020. 

The facilitators ask that you commit a minimum of 2 hours per week, at a time that suits you, and have access to the internet via smartphone, tablet or PC.
Visit their website for more information and to sign up.

Brighter Outlook

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:
• Seated warm up
• Seated exercise session
• Circuits session 

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.

About the Macmillan Horizon Centre

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. You can see more information below about the specific services we offer. 

The Macmillan Horizon Centre is a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, the Sussex Cancer Fund and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Where we are

Address: Macmillan Horizon Centre, Bristol Gate, Brighton, BN2 5BD (opposite the Sussex Cancer Centre)


Phone: 01273 468 770 

Social media: You can find us on Facebook

Volunteering at the Horizon Centre

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.

Browse all volunteer opportunities at the centre