Other Services

Our counselling service is a vital resource for people coping with the emotional impact of a life threatening condition. However, we recognise that some of the people in need of support might benefit from a different approach. With this in mind, we've been working with specialist practitioners to develop new services.



WHY Cancer Charity

WHYbemindful eight-week mindfulness course (online)

WHYbemindful is an eight-week mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) course specifically aimed at those living with and beyond cancer and their carers, run by practitioner Chris Barker of the University of Exeter. The course was designed by Trish Bartley of Bangor University following her own experience of cancer. Its aim is to help people to use mindfulness in their everyday life and manage their cancer experience.

We don't recommend that participants attend during treatment that may impact energy levels, as there are daily tasks to complete at home alongside the weekly session. 

Next course
Saturday 23rd January - Saturday 20th March 2021
10am to 12.30pm
(no session 20th February)

To find out more, please call 01373 455255 or email

WHY Cancer Charity

The Coffee Connection - online

WHY launched a new drop-in support group for anyone affected or bereaved by cancer or a life-limiting illness in December 2019, in partnership with Dorothy House Hospice Care. We haven't been able to meet in person for some time, but from January 2021 we'll be running the group via Zoom three times per week, on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10am and on Thursdays at 1pm. Sadly, we can't buy you a coffee, but we hope you'll join us to chat and connect with us and people who have similar experiences to you.

There are always representatives of Dorothy House and WHY at the group for those who would like to ask about additional support available.

No booking required, just contact us for the link

WHY Cancer Charity

Covid-19 crisis support service

Have you, or a member of your family had Covid-19? WHY's team of expert counsellors are experienced in supporting people impacted by health related trauma and bereavement. In response to the current crisis we have developed a crisis support service specifically for those people affected by coronavirus. We can offer you support over the phone to help you cope with the emotional impact of Covid-19. Please contact us on 01373 455255 or email

WHY Cancer Charity


Our autumn 2020 courses are now full. To go on a waiting list for our 2021 courses, please contact us.

2021 course dates at Combe Grove
Wednesdays from 21st April to 26th May
Wednesdays from 16th June to 21st July
Wednesdays from 15th September to 20th October

2021 taster days at Combe Grove (book via Eventbrite, link to follow)
Saturday 15th May
Wednesday 18th August

WHYoutdoors is a course exploring the benefits of nature connection for wellbeing, designed for those living with and beyond cancer. Participants meet in a beautiful natural setting and undertake a mixture of solo and group activities. The approach helps people coping with the challenges of a life-threatening diagnosis to increase their emotional and physical wellbeing through time spent in nature, guided by specialist group leaders, who are also professional counsellors.There is shelter at both sites so sessions will go ahead in most weather. Participants need to have a reasonable level of mobility as the woodland site is uneven. 

To book a place, please call 01373 455255 or email

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