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.

Over the last year, the Horizon Centre remained open for drop in and with a takeaway café. Due to coronavirus, many of the Horizon Support services switched to phone or virtual delivery.

As restrictions are lifting, we are planning a phased return of face-to-face support services from the start of May.

Download the May to June 2022 schedule

If you would like to find out more about the services available and how to book on to them, please call us on 01273 468770 or email horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk.

Information Lounge

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 while you wait.

Café

The Café is now fully open for dine in and take away.

The café is also hosting a food bank for people living with and affected by cancer.

Support available at the Horizon Centre from 4 May 2021

Complementary therapies

We’re pleased to announce the phased re-opening of our complementary therapy services from 4 May 2021.

We are now able to offer face-to-face appointments for complementary therapies at the Horizon Centre, including:

  • acupuncture
  • aromatherapy
  • craniosacral therapy
  • facial
  • Indian head massage
  • massage
  • reflexology
  • reiki
  • shiatsu.

Manual lymphatic drainage service

We are launching our Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) service this month with our therapist Lindsey. This is a referral service for women who have had breast surgery with lymph node removal. This may result in some fluid collection in the arm on the affected side. This gentle massage is for mild swelling only and is performed over a series of up to 4 sessions. The massage aims to improve the swelling caused by fluid and your therapist will also teach you how to perform massage techniques that you can do at home. A member of your clinical team should refer you for this service. If you would like a referral form please call the centre on 01273 468770 or email horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk.

Eat Well, Feel Better Workshop

If you’d like the chance to brush up on your kitchen skills and learn more about healthy eating, our Eat Well, Feel Better cooking skills sessions could be for you. Here are dates for our upcoming cookery workshops: 2nd February 10.30-13.00 9th February 10.30-13.00 If you would like to book, please call the centre on 01273 468770 or email horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk.

Strength workshops

Each month will target specific areas of the body and the physical skills needed to facilitate daily activities. They are designed to be fun, interesting and useful. You can book individual sessions or as a series.

Friday 14 January 2.00-3.30pm - Balance and Coordination

The balance component of this workshop offers you the opportunity to learn some simple techniques to develop more confidence and skill in moving around. We will be firing up our neural pathways in our quest to improve our coordination in the second part of the session

Friday 4 February 2.00-3.30pm - Neck and shoulders 

Anxiety and tension tends to nest in our neck and shoulders leading to stiffness, headaches and other problems. The workshop seeks to bring your awareness to this area of your body and explore ways in which you can reduce any tendency to carry this tension in our upper body. 

Friday 4 March 2.00-3.30pm - Arms and elbows, legs and knees

This workshop focusses on strengthening our limbs and increasing the flexibility and mobility in our joints. It is frustrating to feel that we are not as strong as we used to be and this workshop will offer you the opportunity to learn some simple exercises that you can do at home to increase strength and improve flexibility in these areas.

Friday 1 April 2.00-3.30pm - Back and pelvis

Lower back ache is a familiar problem familiar to many of us. In order to avoid the pain we may unnecessarily limit our range of movement, a habit known as guarding. In this workshop we shall gently progress through a series of graded exercises that aim to ease pain, increase flexibility and reduce stiffness.

To secure a space for one of these workshops please call the centre or email horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk.

Phone support

Information and support

You can phone us on 01273 468770 or email horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk to book a 20 minute telephone appointment to discuss what is on offer at the centre. 

Counselling

Counselling sessions are running over the phone or as online video session. Phone 01273 468770 or email horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk to book.

Welfare and benefits

All our welfare benefits services are running and they can be contacted over the phone.

If you would like to contact the Welfare Benefits Team please email: horizonbenefitsadvice@macmillan.org.uk or call on 07483 171832 or the Horizon Centre on 01273 468770.

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 horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk.

  • Breathing workshop - Wednesdays 2pm-3pm.
  • Yoga Nidra - Mondays 11am-11.30am
  • Horizon Connect - Fridays 10.30am-11.30am.

Macmillan Coffee Morning Book Club

Come along with a book that you are reading, or have recently read, and talk about your thoughts of the book such as: genre of book, have you read any by this author before, why did you pick it, would you recommend it or anything else you might like to share (no spoilers!).

This will be held monthly on the first Tuesday of each month from 10.30-11.30am, starting on 1 March 2022. The book club will meet online for the first few sessions, with the hope to be able to meet face to face as restrictions settle. For more information and to receive the link to join the book club online please email the centre on horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk or call on 01273 468770.

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 email horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk and we will email 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 video 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.

Email support – access flexible support as and when you want it

You can email us at horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk. 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 jpratt@macmillan.org.uk, 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 University Sussex Hospitals NHS Cancer 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 six months post-treatment. It is being offered online (video), on the telephone and face-to-face. Referrals to this service can be made via the Sussex Cancer Centre specialist nurses or oncologists.

HOPE  (Help overcome problems effectively) course

A six week self-management course ideally suited for people who are coming to the end of treatment or finished treatment. It focuses on topics including:

  • smarter goal setting
  • priorities and values
  • living positively with fears for the future
  • character strengths
  • physical activity
  • eating well
  • managing stress
  • coping with fatigue
  • finding things to be thankful for. 

Currently running online but will also return to face-to-face when it is safe to do so. 

Partners in Treatment

A structured four week course to support partners/husbands/wives of patients undergoing cancer treatment. The course focuses on building communication skills, strategies to help with relationship issues, ideas about looking after yourself and lowering stress.  

Currently running online but will also return to face-to-face when it is safe to do so.
 
For further information contact:

Laura Pritchard: Macmillan Lead for Psychological Therapies
Telephone: 01273 664694
Email: laura.pritchard9@nhs.net

Psychological Therapies Support Worker: Megan Consterdine
Telephone: 01273 664696
Email: megan.consterdine@nhs.net

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:  

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 horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk.

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: lorna.earl@nhs.net

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:

Body image support

Face to face sessions returning to the Macmillan Horizon Centre on 25th January time 10-12. Spaces limited to 8 people.

The session will include demonstrations, tips and hints around hair, skin care and make-up and a ‘goody bag’ of products is yours to take home after.

To book a place please follow this link. It will take you directly to the Macmillan Horizon Centre Workshops.

TRENDCO

Wig specialists are available in the Hove salon to give advice on the phone or face to face.

You can call them to find out more or book an appointment on 01273 778516.

Headscarf workshop

Back for a face-to-face workshop on Tuesday 22 February 2-3pm.

Small face to face workshop for anyone who would like to learn different headscarf tying techniques & receive advice on all aspects of headwear. To book a space for the January workshop, please call the centre or horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk.

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 horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk.

Support groups

The peer support groups meeting in the Horizon Centre in the next few weeks are:

Moving forward course

Breast Cancer Now will be running a Moving Forward course for people who have finished their hospital based treatment for primary breast cancer at the Macmillan Horizon Centre on:

  • 4 March 2022 (9:30am – 1pm)
  • 11 March 2022 (9:30am – 1pm).

Through supportive, open conversations in a safe, confidential space, you’ll connect with people who understand. And you’ll find the tools you need to feel more empowered, confident and in control. Ready to move forward with your life. Spaces are provided on a first come first serve basis.

To register your interest, please call Breast Cancer Now on 0345 077 1893 or email movingforward@breastcancernow.org with your contact details and the course (including location) that you’d like to go to.

Beat Bladder Cancer Together

Meeting at 6.45pm - 8pm on:

  • Wednesday 9 March 2022

BRCA Brighton Support Group for women across Sussex

This group offers support to women who have or have had breast or ovarian cancer and who are also carriers of the 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 brcabrighton@gmail.com.

The next meetings are at 6.30-8.45pm on:

If you would like to join please email brcabrighton@gmail.com.

Breast Cancer Support Group

The breast cancer support group will meet from 6.30pm - 8.30pm on the following dates:

  • 21 February 2022
  • 21 March 2022

Leukaemia support group

This group will meet on 16 March 2022 from 7pm - 8.30pm.

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.

You can find more information and contact details on their website.

The next meeting is on Friday 18 February 16.00-18.00pm

Other support groups are still meeting online via Zoom/MS teams. If you require more information use the In Your Area tool on or call the Horizon Centre for an update on 01273 468770.

Other support

RESTORE

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 more information and to access RESTORE services.

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:

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.

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)

Email: horizoncentre@macmillan.org.uk

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