Charis Cancer Care

Charis Cancer Care exists to support people affected by cancer, their families and supporters at every stage of their journey, and any family member bereaved by cancer. They provide a range of holistic services with the aim of providing physical, psychological and emotional support through the relief of symptoms. The organisation has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

Mentor: Mid & East Antrim Agewell Partnership

 As part of the Elevate Community Mentoring & Grants programme, the organisation set up a pilot physiotherapy programme in the local, rurally isolated area to support people living with cancer who are living in poverty having lost their jobs. Three therapists delivered both individual and group therapy online sessions on telehealth, befriending, relaxation and mindfulness to help the users of Charis Cancer Care cope with the side effects of their cancer treatments. These sessions aimed to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of the participants, improve sleep and reduce stress and anxiety and to reduce the social isolation of the participants as a result of their cancer and the Covid-19 pandemic.