Practical Support

We understand that cancer and cancer treatment can throw a lot your way. Sometimes it’s the day-to-day things that can feel the hardest. We’re here to listen and support you.

Are you struggling around the house cooking, cleaning, washing? Do you have others to care for and are struggling to continue. This section might be able to provide some advice and support on what you can do next.


Macmillan Solutions

Macmillan Solutions offers practical and emotional support to people affected by cancer including carers. We aim to match a volunteer suitable for you, somebody whom we think you might get on with, as feeling at ease with a volunteer is very important. Volunteers may offer transport to a hospital appointment, shopping, befriending or cut your lawn every couple of weeks

Please telephone to discuss: 07850686366
Contact us Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

Macmillan Solutions

Maintaining Independence

Maintaining independence is often important and I priority to us all. Many people would rather look after themselves at home rather than have to go into alternative housing and care.

There are certain adaptations to your home you may be able to get to help maintain your independence. These are often provided by an occupational therapist.

At Bolton council there is a service called the independent living team.

How can the service help?

  • Provide advice and information
  • provide or loan a range of equipment
  • Telecare
  • Modifications/adaptations to your home enabling you to maintain your independence and safety
  • Home Support Reablement  – If you require more physical support or care that will lead to your independence

For contact details see their website:

Self Care

Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Its something we can do ourselves or with the help of those involved in our care.

Our mental health and emotions

Be kind to yourself and take time for yourself. There are many free and paid apps than can help us maintain a healthy mind. Take a look at the NHS apps directory:

Some things you might find helpful if you’re feeling worried, anxious or low in mood:

  • Mindfulness
  • Deep breathing excises
  • Gratitude diary
Physical Activity

You can care for yourself by doing gentle excise. Try not to do too much, just what your comfortable with! This can also boost your mood.

My Active Life Exercise Classes

Are you about to finish or have finished cancer treatment?

Take back control with exercise classes held at Leverhulme and Horwich leisure centres in Bolton.

Classes are run by cancer rehab qualified instructors in a friendly and supportive environment.

My Active Life is open to anyone, £4.70 per class.
If you live in Bolton and pay your council tax to Bolton Council you will be eligible for Leisure Card Discount £2.35 per class.

Exercise has enormous benefits for people living with & beyond cancer
For more information please contact us on 01204 462 442.

Bolton Macmillan Exercise

5K Your Way

  • A support group with a difference
  • A community-based initiative to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5k Your Way parkrun event on the last Saturday of every month.
  • Those interested in joining the group are encouraged to register with 5k Your Way and parkrun via the following link: before meeting at 08:45 on the last Saturday of every month at Leverhulme Park, Bolton.
  • Physical activity has been shown to have a number of important benefits for people living with cancer. It reduces cancer related fatigue, helps to preserve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness and improves psychological well-being. It may also reduce treatment side effects, reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and prolong survival.
  • For further information contact us at the Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service on 01204 663059
  • *5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer is a non medical initiative and our ambassadors cannot take responsibility for providing specialist advice or care.
Bolton Macmillan 5K Your Way

Move More

  Get Active Feel Good

  • If you’re living with or after cancer and want to make a positive change to your life, why not ask us about a move more pack. A step-by-step guide to becoming more active. You can work through the pack gradually building up the amount of physical activity you do and you’ll soon start to feel the benefits of a more active lifestyle. Click on the link below to find our more.
  • SafeFit is a free remote service for anyone in the UK with suspicion of or confirmed diagnosis of cancer. Our cancer exercise specialists offer you advice, support and resources to maintain and improve physical and mental well-being.
  • This includes information about preparing for and going through cancer treatment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
  • SafeFit is designed to:
  • provide you with exercise advice based on your needs that you can do safely at home
  • help you find different and new ways to keep active and eat healthily
  • improve your overall well-being.
  • For more information please follow the link
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Health and Wellbeing Events

Our Health & Wellbeing Events provide people affected by cancer with the opportunity to talk to cancer nurse specialists and other key organisations to find out what local support, help & information is available. You can drop in to browse the information stalls and listen to presentations covering a range of cancer related topics that may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Complementary Therapy
  • Finances and benefits
  • Support Groups
  • Managing the emotional effects of Cancer
  • Wellbeing services

The events are free of charge and are for anyone affected by cancer including family and friends, you will be able to talk to professionals  from various organisations that can provide local information and support. There will also be activities throughout the day such as pamper sessions and health living. Please note for these events places are limited so please book in advance on 01204 663059.

If you have any questions regarding the events please contact us, for reminders of when the events take place please look at our upcoming events page.

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Health and Wellbeing Events

Caring for your pets

When you’re affected by cancer you can often worry about who will look after your pets. You may put off treatment or financially struggle to cope with the ongoing costs of looking after your pets. But there are local services that may be able to support you: The Cinnamon Trust >

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