New digital support group for bowel cancer patients
Chat Together is a free online support group for people living with and beyond bowel cancer. It’s a welcoming place to talk to others with bowel cancer and to meet new people. It’s a chance to share experiences in a safe, supportive and informal environment.
Chat Together is a chance for patients to virtually get together and support each other from the comfort of their own homes at this time of isolation They just need a smartphone, tablet or computer with an internet connection and somewhere quiet to sit.
When asked about this vital peer support service 100% of patients found the service helpful and 100% felt better connected following their chat group. 88% of patients could cope better after the chats.
‘Chat Together has given me the opportunity to meet with people in a similar situation to mine, who understand what I’m going through. It’s a safe space where we can share our ups and downs. I’ve met a great bunch of people and it’s been a real lifeline!’
What patients can expect
- Chats take place once a week, via Zoom, over an eight week period.
- Choose between two Chat Together groups starting on:
- Tuesday 26th January: 7 – 8pm
- Wednesday 27th January: 1 – 2pm
We’re hosting a programme of chats throughout 2021 so if these dates don’t suit, please register your interest and we’ll be in touch with them.
Chats are hosted by Bowel Cancer UK staff and their trained volunteers who’ve had bowel cancer themselves
How to sign up
Bowel cancer patients can join us for Chat Together by registering on the website below:
If you have any questions about Chat Together, we’d love to hear from you. You can get in touch by emailing Sarah Wix, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re here for you
If you’re not able to join us, there are other ways where patients can find help and support:
- Visit an online community – a place for anyone affected by bowel cancer to talk about their experiences, share their knowledge and support each other.
- Download free publications that are full of expert information.
- Read all support, guidance and information on coronavirus and bowel cancer
- Contact nurses with any questions or concerns about bowel cancer
- Read Real Life Stories of people affected by the disease.