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Support Groups and Services

* The organisations list below may not be able to offer face to face support during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Please use the contact details provided to find out more.

Age UK

Provides service and support for people aged 50 and over. Free confidential advice about benefits, housing and more.

· Age UK North Yorkshire and Darlington - 01325 362832

· Age UK County Durham - 0191 386 3856

Butterwick Hospice Care - Cancer Support Social Group

Butterwick Hospice, Woodhouse Lane, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6JU

Offers a safe and friendly place to meet other people going through similar experiences.  The group is open to anyone affected by any type of cancer, whatever stage of their journey.  Carers, partners, relatives or friends of those with cancer are welcome too.

The group meets every first Tuesday of the month between 1pm - 3pm.

For more information, contact 01388 603003 or email:


Darlington Citizens Advice Bureau, The Core, Church Row, Darlington, DL1 5QD

Providing support to anyone affected by Cancer (patients and relatives/carers)

For more information, please call 01325 266888 (ext 139)

C.H.A.T. (Celebrate Hope All Together)

Starbucks, Dalton Park

A social group for people and their families affected by cancer, meeting once a month in a relaxed atmosphere.  Sessions take place on the last Thursday of the month from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

For more information, please contact Beverley Butters on 07552984440 or email:

Darlington and Bishop Auckland Lung Cancer Support Group

For people who have been affected by lung cancer in the Darlington and Bishop Auckland areas, including patients, carers and family members. Meets on the last Wednesday afternoon of each month and is supported by two cancer Clinical Nurse Specialists from County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT). For details please contact

East Durham Communities Cancer Support Group

Horden Hub House, Seventh Street, SR8 4LX

Open to anyone affected by cancer including patients, carers, family members or friends.  Come along to our monthly meeting, have a cuppa and a chat to others who have also been affected by cancer.

For more information, email

East Durham Communities Cancer Support Group

Wheatley Hill Workmen's Club Lounge, DH6 3RF

Open to anyone affected by cancer, including patients, carers, family members or friends.  Come along to our monthly meeting, have a cuppa and a chat to others who have also been affected by cancer and listen to advice from guests speakers.

For more information find us on Facebook or Email us on

FACT Fighting All Cancers Together

Offers information, advice and advocacy.

For more information call 0191 442 0833 or 07878 007166, Email: or visit

Lymphoma & CLL Support Group Darlington

Neasham Road Reading Room, Sockburn Lane, Neasham, Darlington, DL2 1PH.

Support group for people affected by lymphoma or CLL.

Meet on the second Wednesday of alternate months - every January, March, July, September and November.

For more information contact Karen on 07710 393891 or Lymphoma Action on 0808 808 5555. Check out their closed Facebook group - Lymphoma Action Support Yorkshire and North East.

Macmillan Joining the Dots

Free support and advice service for anyone affected by cancer in County Durham.

For more information please call 0800 876 6887, email or visit

Macmillan Support Line

Whether you're worried about money, or just practical issues, have questions about treatment, or just want someone to listen, you can speak to a Macmillan specialist advisor by calling 0808 808 0000, Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm.


MIND is a charity offering talking therapies, crisis helplines, drop in centres, counselling and befriending

For more information visit

St Teresa's Hospice

Woodland Road, Darlington and Friary Community Hospital, Richmond

A friendly and informal place to share experiences and meet other people who are recently bereaved * A safe space to share feelings and issues raised by the death of a loved one * Support and advice from St Teresa's Hospice Family Support Team staff.

St Theresa's Hospice, Woodland Road, Darlington - every Monday (excluding bank holidays) from 10am - 11.30am.

Friary Community Hospital, Richmond - first Thursday of the month, The Day Room from 1pm - 2.30pm.

For more information contact St Theresa's Hospice on 01325 254321 or email

Talking Changes

Talking Changes offers talking therapies and supported self-help services for people living in County Durham and Darlington.  Talking Changes can help with common problems such as stress, anxiety and depression.

For more information visit

The Bridge Young Carers Service

Works with young carers aged between 5 and 18 years and their families to remove or reduce the negative impacts of caring.  The service supports young carers and families through cancer, recovery and end of life.

For more information about the service please call 0191 383 2520

The Solan Connor Fawcett Cancer Trust

The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust aims to improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer in County Durham. Based in Spennymoor, the charity provides help and advice and can offer discretionary grants for equipment purchases, short breaks or even visits to a beautician or hairdresser.

Find out more by visiting or email

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