The Macmillan Horizon Centre

A calm, friendly and welcoming place offering support so people affected by cancer in Sussex can still live their life.

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 

Opening times: we are open Monday to Friday 9am-4:30pm.

Scheduled activities and some pre-booked appointments and activities are available in the evenings and at weekends.

Download the activity schedule for January/February 2020.

Horizon Centre Walk Through Tour

Take a tour of the Macmillan Horizon Centre

Horizon Centre Walk Through Tour

Take a tour of the Macmillan Horizon Centre

Information and support

Drop in information and support service

This service is available for anyone affected by cancer. You’re welcome to come and browse the wide range of information leaflets we have at the centre, or we can help guide you to find the information you’re looking for. Staff and volunteers can also help you to find out about and access support services at the Horizon Centre and locally. You can also call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.

'What's on the horizon' drop in visit

No appointment needed – you can just drop in for a 15-20 minute introduction to the range of support available at the Horizon Centre. After the introduction you might want to find out more about a support service or book an appointment, or perhaps just stay for a chat.

Book a needs assessment appointment

This is a 45-minute one-to-one appointment to talk through your information and support needs. Cancer impacts life in different ways and sometimes people have several concerns they would like to find out more information about, including what support is available to help them cope during this time.

Sign up to attend a 'what next' session

This is a 90-minute session for small groups of four to six people. Everyone adjusts to life after cancer treatment differently, people can experience a range of feelings and it can be daunting dealing with an expectation to get back on with life as it was before. This session offers people the chance to address some of the common issues people face at this time, chat with others who have been through a similar experience and find out some practical ways that can help people cope with adjusting to life after cancer.

Welfare benefits and money advice for people affected by cancer

How we can help you

We can provide advice and information about which benefits and tax credits are available and help you to apply for them. We can also help you to access charitable grants and support with health costs such as reimbursing travel to hospital for treatment. 

If you need help with other issues such as debt, housing, employment and fuel costs, we can help you to access appropriate advice from other organisations.


Phone: 01273 468770 (Option 2)

For People living in East Sussex 

Please contact: East Sussex Macmillan Welfare Benefits Service, delivered by BHT and Money Advice Plus Services.

Phone: 01323 635989  


For People living in West Sussex 

Please contact: The West Sussex Macmillan Welfare Benefits Service, delivered by Central & South Sussex CAB across West Sussex. 

Phone: 01903 532234  


We have more information on benefits and the financial impact of cancer.

Counselling and psychological therapies

The Psychological Therapy Service offers a broad range of emotional and psychological support to cancer patients, their families and carers when treatment has stopped. It is often the emotional effects which are the most neglected and last the longest after treatment is finished. People may find they are more anxious, struggling with uncertainty, or unsure about how they can enjoy life again. 

We offer both one-to-one and group support in our comfortable therapy rooms at The Horizon Centre. 

One-to-one psychological support 


Although the term ‘counselling’ suggests advice giving, counsellors deliberately do not offer advice and instead, through listening and asking questions, encourage people to talk fully about themselves in a way that’s usually not possible or appropriate in either personal, professional, or social settings. 

Counselling is offered for up to twelve sessions initially and is suited to people who have wide ranging challenges to their sense of identity.


During hypnotherapy the therapist uses a gentle guiding voice to lead people into a deeply relaxed state. People are still conscious of their surroundings and able to choose how to respond to the therapist. The hypnotherapist can then use suggestion to try to help people to gain some control over the problem they have been unable to resolve. 

Hypnotherapy is offered for a short period of four to six sessions around a specific problem. 


Coaching is a solution-focused approach that aims to support people to find new ways to resolve specific difficulties. It can be especially effective to help with making career decisions such as whether to return to work or not after cancer treatment.

Coaches guide people by asking direct questions in a way that a counsellor would not. Coaching is an active, participatory process in which people set goals and agree various actions and tasks in collaboration with their coach. 

Coaching is usually offered for four sessions and occasionally for up to six. It focuses on how things are for people and at that moment in time, and planning for the future. Coaching is not appropriate for exploring the past or supporting emotional distress. 

Group Support

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

This eight week course for a group of up to ten people enables them to learn mindfulness meditation practices that are simple and practical that can become part of daily life. Anyone can attend. There is a commitment to making time for daily mindfulness exercises during the eight weeks of the course. This regular practice can help people feel calmer and think more clearly. This course also includes exploring ways to develop self compassion. The course is run by a therapist qualified to offer this programme.

HOPE Course

HOPE stands for Help to Overcome Problems Effectively. It is a six week course that helps people to cope with life after cancer. Sessions last for two and a half hours, and focus on developing confidence, to help people cope emotionally and practically. This course is for 6-12 people, and time is spent in facilitated discussions, group activities, information sharing, as well as activities to try between sessions.

This course is run by HOPE facilitators  health professionals or trained volunteers with a cancer experience.

Group Therapy

In group therapy a group of up to ten people develop a deeper understanding of themselves and each other without judgement or blame. This can be a challenging experience so the sessions are facilitated by a professional trained in group dynamics. The outcome can be beneficial for participants but is a subtle process which needs time to develop so the group will run on a rolling basis. This means as people leave, new participants will then join.

Sometimes group therapy is helpful after having one-to-one counselling but for some people a group is preferable to one-to-one therapy. Clients can make this choice supported by the Psychological Therapy Service Manager and the group facilitator.

The group will meet for weekly sessions of therapy.

If you think a psychological therapy could be helpful for you, please get in touch and we can arrange for you to have an informal chat with a therapist so you can find out more and make your own decision about the kind of psychological therapy that would be beneficial for you.

Current Macmillan psychological support services across Sussex

East Sussex Healthcare Trust

The East Sussex Macmillan Counselling Service has staff based in Eastbourne and Hastings and currently has 14 qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who volunteer their time and together provide a range of psychological services in Eastbourne, Seaford, Uckfield, Bexhill and Hastings areas. 

Contacts: telephone: 01323 414 918, extension: 3252 or 07747 472 657


West Sussex Healthcare Trust 

The West Sussex Macmillan Psychological Therapy Service based in Chichester (a 0.6 post) provides a counselling service for patients with a cancer diagnosis who are referred by their CNS or consultant. The Trust is exploring, with Macmillan, options to expand the service to Worthing. 

Contact: telephone: 01243 831 624


Brighton Sussex University Trust

The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Macmillan Psychological Therapies Service is a free service that can provide confidential support to patients receiving treatment at the Sussex Cancer Centre, as well as their carers and family members.

Contact: telephone: 01273 664694 


Across Sussex

Non-NHS based cancer-focussed psychological support services are also available across Sussex at:

Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies refers to therapies which are used alongside conventional health interventions and treatment. The complementary therapies that will be offered at the Macmillan Horizon Centre will:

  • be based on current evidence and best practice
  • be based on consultation, planning, education and demonstrable competence
  • be consistent with Macmillan and the Sussex Cancer Centre policies.

The main purpose of the therapy will be to:

  • promote relaxation
  • reduce anxiety
  • ease symptoms such as pain, nausea, poor sleep patterns
  • help the patient find coping mechanisms and strategies.

Complementary therapies are available for up to six sessions. 


Acupuncture is a form of therapy that has been used for over five-thousand years. It involves the careful placement of fine needles into particular points on the body called acupuncture points. The needles are left into position for as little as a few seconds or up to twenty minutes.

Acupuncture increases the body's release of natural pain killers (endorphins and serotonin) and modifies the way pain signals are received. It is therefore suitable for a wide range of painful conditions. Because of the balancing effects of acupuncture, it is used to treat hormonal symptoms such as hot flushes. It can also lead to an improved sense of wellbeing. There is evidence to suggest the fact that acupuncture is effective in treating the following symptoms:

  • pain 
  • nausea and vomiting
  • shortness of breath
  • anxiety
  • depression. 


Aromatherapy uses essential oils derived from plants to enhance physical or emotional wellbeing through massage, inhalation or application to the skin through lotions or creams. Essential oils have been used for many years due to their therapeutic properties which aid pain relief and recovery and act as an antibacterial agent.

Aromatherapy massage combines the therapeutic properties of essential oils with the relaxing elements of massage. This can help to:

  • reduce anxiety
  • improve sleep
  • reduce pain 
  • alleviate depression.

Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage is based on an ancient Ayurvedic massage technique with roots in Indian culture. This treatment includes the upper back, shoulders, neck and scalp and may help to reduce:

  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • headaches
  • muscle tension.

This treatment may be performed over clothes, with or without oils.


Massage is the manipulation on the soft tissue areas of the body which helps to relieve muscle tension and improve circulation. Gentle massage promotes feelings of calmness and can help to alleviate stress, improve sleep and symptoms of pain. Massage treatments offered may encompass the following areas: 

  • hand and arm
  • foot and leg
  • back and neck through seated acupressure massage or Indian head massage
  • shoulder
  • full body.


Reflexology is based on the principle that the feet are a small map of the body. Each organ, system and structure in the body has a specific corresponding reflex located in the foot. It is also possible to have a reflexology treatment on the hands. 

Reflexology aims to bring the body back into ‘balance’ through a specific pressure technique applied to reflexes in the feet. It is thought that stimulation to certain points encourages the body to regain a state of relaxation which in turn allows the body to return to a state of wellbeing. Reflexology may help to alleviate:

  • poor appetite
  • pain
  • nausea
  • constipation. 


Reiki is Japanese in origin and translated into English means ‘universal energy’. Reiki is based on the concept that there is a flow of energy which exists within living beings which may help to maintain balance. During the Reiki treatment, the therapist places their hands on or just above different parts of the body. It helps to relax the body and calm the mind.

Jin Shin Jyutsu

Jin Shin Jyutsu® (JSJ) is an Ancient Japanese Art of harmonising the energy within the body. It is a subtle, yet powerful form of acupressure/ acupuncture without needles or pressure while also restoring the delicate balance between your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. 

The therapist gently places hands on specific points on your clothed body. The experience is both energising and deeply relaxing. JSJ is an effective and safe therapy that harnesses your body’s power to aid recovery. As the core of Jin Shin Jyutsu is self-help, the therapist will give you very simple exercises you can do to prolong the benefits of the therapy. It can also help relieve the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. 


  • All our volunteer therapists are professionals who are fully qualified and experienced in their complementary therapy.
  • You can book appointments in person at the reception, call us on 01273 468 770 or email
  • Most complementary therapy sessions last about an hour.
  • It is most beneficial to receive a ‘hands on’ therapy once a week. 

Services may change from time to time so please contact the Macmillan Horizon Centre for more information.

Physical activity

Regular physical activity may help reduce the risk of certain cancers coming back. Sign up for a taster session or an introductory course to try physical activities, such as yoga, circuit training or health walks, to find out what you enjoy so you can choose what works best for you.

  • You can book a space in person at the reception, call us on 01273 468 770 or email
  • Most sessions are approximately an hour per week and between 6-12 sessions.
  • We have taster sessions available.
  • The sessions have limited spaces.

The physical activity offer may change from time to time so please contact the Macmillan Horizon Centre for more information and schedules. 


An ancient tradition of mental and physical exercises, which started in India over 5,000 years ago and is now widely practised in the UK. There are many different styles of yoga. It includes physical exercises to help maintain energy and induce suppleness, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation to promote well-being.

Our group sessions are adapted to include gentle yoga for beginners or people with limited ability and active yoga for people who don’t have mobility limitations.

Circuit Training

Circuits can be tailored to suit all different levels of fitness, offering a mix of cardiovascular-based exercises, which help build all round fitness, and resistance training, which is ideal for helping to protect against muscle loss and improve bone health. The circuit classes are adapted to suit the group, ensuring they are safe as well as effective.

Circuit training is provided by Albion in the Community as well as our own qualified volunteers.


Qigong is a self-healing art that combines movement, meditation and visualisation to enhance the mind/body connection and assist healing. Coming from the Chinese medical tradition, the name comes from the word Qi - the life energy source that connects and sustains everything in the universe, and “gong” means cultivation. Regular practice can help improve health and wellbeing, reduce stress and help develop a more peaceful state. 

Qigong is a gentle yet powerful form of exercise that can be adapted to suit the needs of most people affected by cancer. It may be done standing, seated or even lying according to the needs of the individual. Daily practice is recommended as a self-help mechanism. 

Walking for health

Macmillan supports the nationwide Walking for Health programme, which offers short and easy walks. To find out more, including details of health walks across Sussex, visit Walking for Health.

Table Tennis

Ricochetplus - a fun and social way to keep active for anyone affected by cancer, at the Fitzherbet Centre, 36 Upper Bedford Street, Brighton, BN2 1JP.

Albion in the Community

Albion in the community run the Move More scheme, which is supported by Macmillan and helps people living with and beyond cancer to access physical activity. Albion in the Community coaches offer free, specialist one-to-one advice and can help you find classes and gym activities so you can get active and feel good. 

Phone: 01273 668 591


Body image support

At the Macmillan Horizon Centre you can get information about how cancer and its treatment can affect your body image. We run workshops and sessions that help you to find ways to cope with physical changes and with the emotional impact of cancer and treatment. Our qualified volunteers offer facials, manicures and pedicures.

In partnership with Trendco, the Hove-based wig specialist, and volunteers, we can offer access to individual appointments and group sessions that provide advice and support on hair loss, on options for wigs and wig management, and hair and wig styling. 

The Boots No 7 Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisers provide free monthly skincare and makeup workshops at the Macmillan Horizon Centre for people with cancer

Strength in Style

You can also find support and advice from TONI&GUY, one of the world’s most established hairdressing brands. TONI&GUY is working with Macmillan to launch Strength in Style, a scheme to help improve the quality of hair care on the high street for people affected by cancer. 


Macmillan Cancer Support and mynewhair have launched an innovative new partnership to help reach and improve the lives of people affected by cancer. mynewhair is a charity dedicated to supporting individuals with medical hair loss. Founded by renowned hairdresser, Trevor Sorbie MBE, it is a network of trained hair professionals who provide advice and wig cutting services to people who have lost their hair after cancer, and training for hairdressers who wish to offer the service in their salons. 

Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors

These are Boots No7 Advisors who have been trained by Boots UK and Macmillan to help and support people manage the visible side-effects of cancer. You may find that some of the side-effects of cancer treatment are having an impact on how you feel about yourself. Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors can give you free, face- to-face advice about caring for your skin, hair and nails.

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) provides free skincare and makeup workshops for women and teenagers with cancer. These are held in over 70 hospitals and cancer centres throughout the UK. This uplifting service is offered through partnerships in East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove. For more information please visit Look Good Feel Better or call 01372 747500. 

Practical support

Brighton Buddies

Brighton Buddies is a befriending service for people affected by cancer offering:

  • a listening ear service that provides emotional support
  • a helping hand for everyday practical tasks, such as light housework
  • signposting to other services and support available locally
  • up to twelve separate visits, either in the home or in the local community, of one hour each week.

Phone: 07540 760808


Cancer Advocacy Service

The Macmillan Impetus Cancer Advocacy Service provides one to one support in Brighton & Hove to people affected by cancer who are:

  • over the age of fifty
  • adults with mental health problems
  • adults with learning diasbilities
  • adults with autism.

The Advocacy Service can visit people at home and talk through any worries, or help people to access information to make the right choices for them. The Advocacy Service can also help people ask the questions at appointments, and help to resolve practical problems such as neighbour nuisance or housing disrepair.

Phone: 01273 737 888


The Horizon Centre cafe

The cafe at the Macmillan Horizon Centre offers a place for people affected by cancer, as a patient, carer, family member or friend, to relax, share experiences and eat well. All are welcome.

Eat well, feel better

We run cooking workshops at the Macmillan Horizon Centre for people affected by cancer who want to build their cooking skills and confidence in order to eat well and feel better.

There is a kitchen attached to the large meeting room that can be used for cooking demonstrations and hands on cookery workshops. We have had a number of focus group discussions with service users to discuss ideas and what is needed.

In April 2017 we will be starting a four week cooking skills course that will include:

  • An introduction and overview to build on existing knowledge about healthy eating.
  • Eat a rainbow - a chance to learn how to make soups, salads, dips and other delicious dishes. 
  • Breakfast boost - a cooking workshop to learn how to make granola, different variations on porridge, ways to cook eggs, breakfast smoothies and lots more.
  • Protein positive dishes looked at sources of healthy protein, concentrating on alternatives to meat.

Please contact us to find out more or to register for cooking sessions which we will be running in the future.

We have more information about eating healthily, as well as recipes to help if you're affected by certain symptoms and side effects.

Access to peer support

There are a number of self-help and support groups at the Macmillan Horizon Centre offering different types of support and activities for people affected by cancer. You can find details of these and of other local and national self-help support groups in the Horizon Centre monthly schedule, on our website or by contacting your local Macmillan Engagement Lead.

Head and Neck Buddies

The Head and Neck Buddies are a peer support service set up to provide information and support at clinics at the Sussex Cancer Centre. Next year we will explore developing a similar service in other tumour sites and extending the role of peer support in 'Living Well' and 'Moving On' events. 

Other self-help and support groups across Sussex

There are a variety of self-help and support groups across Sussex that offer different types of support and activities for people affected by cancer. You can find details of local and national self help support groups in your area.

Location and transport details

The Welfare Benefits advice service can provide information about grants and help with the cost of travel to treatment.

We have started to gather information about travel and transport and what we have so far is below, with links where available. Please email us if you know of anything that you think it would be good to add to the information we are sharing below.

Where we are

Address: Macmillan Horizon Centre, Bristol Gate, Brighton, BN2 5BD


Phone: 01273 468 770

Opening hours

The centre is open from 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday. There are also scheduled activities that run in the evenings and at the weekends. Please see the schedule of activities for further details. 

Planning your journey

The Brighton and Hove County Council Journey Planner can help you find your way to the centre.

Parking at and near the Royal Sussex County Hospital

Details of parking and directions for travelling to the Royal Sussex County Hospital are on the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals website. Details of parking in the area around the hospital are on the Council website.


40X Bus  between Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath and the Royal Sussex Hospital, Brighton, is free to patients and a carer on showing an appointment card. Find more information and a bus timetable.

Help with health costs

You can find more informaion about The Healthcare Travel Cost Scheme that offers support with travel costs for people on a low income.

Volunteering Opportunities

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.

Open Forum

We hold regular Open Forums to get feedback on the services we run and to hear from people affected by cancer, our volunteers, staff and partners suggestions of the support they feel we should explore putting in place. Please contact us for further details, or to register to attend.