Each group is unique, but they all include people who have been affected by cancer. There are more than 900 groups across the country, and you can find your nearest one by using the in your area search.
Some groups meet regularly in a member’s front room, while others are much larger and use public venues such as libraries or community centres.
Local groups are for anyone affected by cancer. You're not expected to talk about anything you don't want to, and some people find it can take a few visits before they feel comfortable to share their story.
Meetings sometimes include activities, a social event or a talk from a guest speaker. Most groups are free, but some may charge for tea and biscuits or welcome donations for the complementary therapies or counselling they offer.
Some groups help members to access support services, including complementary therapies, counselling or bereavement support.
Most groups cover all types of cancer, and can also help carers, family and friends of people with cancer come to terms with what is happening, how best to help and how to take care of themselves.
Other groups are for people with a specific type of cancer, such as a breast care group or a laryngectomy club. Others may offer bereavement support or self-help activities.
Many people living with cancer find that joining a group where they can meet people who have similar experiences to their own can make them feel less isolated.
Talking about your experiences and sharing stories with people who have also been affected by cancer can help people to feel more connected and less alone.