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Maggie’s Online Centre

My name is Robyn Volkers and I`m the Centre Head and Cancer Information and Support Specialist at Maggie’s Online Centre.

Maggie’s Centres are for anyone with cancer, and for the family and friends of anyone with cancer. You’ll find Maggie’s Centres beside a growing number of cancer hospitals across the UK. Our Centres are places where people are welcome whenever they need us – from just being diagnosed, or undergoing treatment, to post-treatment, recurrence, end of life or in bereavement. In a warm and welcoming environment, our Centres and their staff provide information and support when people need it most. People don’t need a referral from a doctor and they don’t need to pay for our services!

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Maggie’s Online Centre extends the support that Maggie’s offers to people who may not otherwise be able to physically access our Centres. Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer, are worried that you might be, or have been affected by someone else's cancer, our online centre is a safe place where you can get advice, support and information.

People visiting Maggie’s Online Centre initially have limited access but are able to read some of the blogs and conversations depending on each individual privacy settings.

However, by becoming a registered member, you can post comments in conversations, write blogs and make friends with other members, allowing you to exchange personal messages.

Jude, Maggie’s online benefits advisor, writes a weekly benefits blog to guide visitors through the maze of information, rules and regulations surrounding the financial allowances that anyone affected by cancer may be entitled to claim. Caroline, our nutritional therapist, writes an informative weekly blog providing answers to questions about nutrition and healthy eating. Both Jude and Caroline are also on hand to answer any queries from members.

altWe`ve also several live online support and networking groups. These small and confidential groups are led by Psychologists or Cancer Support Specialists and are held on a weekly or monthly basis. They can be a useful space to share experiences with others who may be in a similar situation.

As well as keeping an eye on the overall running of the Centre, I make use of my varied experience as a cancer nurse to offer online cancer information and support for our centre visitors, via groups, private messages and the conversation boards. I also facilitate some of the Online Centre’s support and networking groups.

If you`ve been affected by cancer in some way, you`re very welcome to visit our online support via Maggie’s Online Centre.

We’re here to support you when you have any questions, but the Centre is worth a browse even if you don’t have any specific questions in mind! You`re welcome to have a read of the conversations and blogs that other members have posted, or you can just tell us a bit about what life`s like for you at the moment. You could also just have a chat, and make some new friends - and you may find that your own questions will follow...

As well as using our own experience, we`re able to put you in touch with other sources of support. If you prefer to search yourself, our information website, Maggie’s CancerLinks, is there to help you to find the information you need.

Sometimes, just as there may be no question, there may not be a specific answer! However, our team are still here to listen and support you and those around you through a difficult or uncertain time!

So, when you`re ready, please feel free to pay Maggie’s Online Centre a visit.

Robyn

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