Macmillan Cancer Support Centres
When you don’t know where to turn, turn to us. When you don’t know what to say or what you need, we’re here to listen. Our experts are on hand with a warm welcome for anyone at any point in their cancer experience, as well as their family and friends.
Macmillan information and support centres are located across the UK and are free to use.
You don’t need an appointment, you can just pop in as many times as you need. We’re the first place to come to, so you know exactly what your next steps are. If you’re making a special trip, or would like to use a particular service, you can arrange an appointment.
At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. Our centres have a range of services including:
- Managing the effects of cancer treatment with things such as Wig and Head Wear Sessions, HOPE (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively) programmes and Managing Tiredness and Fatigue sessions.
- Complementary therapies such as aromatherapy massage, yoga, skin care sessions and hypnotherapy.
- Help with money worries including advice on debt management, employment and working with cancer and help with grants.
- Help with how you’re feeling, access to nurses to advise you and counselling sessions.
- Space to talk to your friends, family and to us.
- Carers’ and support groups, and things like gardening, knitting and walking groups.
In this video: Paul on visiting a Macmillan information and support centre after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
"One of the problems us boys have is that we don't like to ask for help. But Macmillan made me feel like you weren't asking for help. The oncology team suggested I go down to the information centre. Mario was immediately able to click onto the sorts of things I might need." Paul, diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012.
The centres provide a comfortable space in which you can ask questions and find support or simply pop in for a chat.
All our information and support centres have teams of experts and trained volunteers who are here to listen to you and answer your questions. They can help you find other local services too.
Macmillan Support Centres are usually based in hospitals, libraries and community centres and spaces.
Every year over 67,000 people are helped in our cancer treatment and care buildings.
Space, art and gardens are key in our most recent projects, to help people feel comfortable during treatment or palliative care. They often feature a tranquil garden for visitors to relax in.
Combining classic architecture with modern design, information and support centres are beautiful. Centres offer counselling services and meditation as well as a relaxing space to talk to someone.
If you are living with cancer you will be directed to your local centres as part of your engagement with Macmillan. You can find all centres close to you by using In your area.
We have six centres that have been specially designed:
How we can help
Chat online anonymously to others who understand what you are going through. Our community is available 24/7 and has dedicated forums where you can get advice and ask our experts.