The Relate Macmillan Counselling Service — for those living with or affected by cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support and Relate have teamed up to provide a new, free counselling service for families living with cancer.

The number of people surviving and living with cancer is increasing. In Birmingham and the Black Country alone over 5,000 people a year are  diagnosed with cancer and many experience long-term difficulties, including relationship difficulties, as a consequence of their treatment and recovery.

This new service is designed to help with these problems and offers counselling to anyone living with or affected by cancer in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country. It covers such issues as:

  • How to talk to your friends and family about what is happening to you.
  • Changes and problems with relationships because one of you has cancer.
  • Difficulties talking to and supporting each other.
  • Problems talking to children, or parents and other relatives about cancer.
  • Challenges in getting ‘back to normal’, as a couple or family, when cancer treatment is finished.
  • The impact on intimacy and sex life resulting from surgery, treatment, altered body image, tiredness or anxiety.


If you or a family member are living with or are recovering from cancer, or you are caring for someone with cancer, and would like to meet a counsellor you can ring Relate Birmingham directly on 0121 643 1638 and ask for the Macmillan service. You can also be referred by your cancer nurse, doctor or your GP.

More information — Relate website.
Read the Relate Macmillan leaflet.

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Independent researcher opportunity — self-employed or consultancies

In addition, to help further develop this service and evaluate its delivery through to March 2019, the project is seeking expressions of interest from suitably skilled/experienced independent researchers (self-employed or consultancies).

The closing  date for EOIs is 12 noon on Wednesday 18th January 2017.

Full details here.

Read the role description.


Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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