Welcome to the Cancer Support Group
We are a volunteer-led group providing mutual support for staff who have had a cancer diagnosis and for those whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
Join us for coffee
Our relaxed meetings are a compassionate and confidential space for those with similar experiences to come together. Since lockdown we are continuing to meet and support each other online.
We would love to be able to reach more staff whose lives have been touched by cancer, either directly or indirectly. We are a friendly and welcoming group, largely focussed on drinking tea and coffee when we meet - please spread the word!
We now meet via Google Meet once every two months. You are welcome to drop in or stay for the hour.
Our next meetings are on:
- Thursday 25th March, 11.00am -12noon
- Tuesday April 20th 1.30-2.30pm
For more information, or if you would like to come along to one of our meetings, please email Cancer Support Group firstname.lastname@example.org
Who we are
Hi, I’m Julie, I’m 41 and I’ve worked at the University since 2015. In 2018 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and my life turned upside down. I was off work for around seven months while I underwent treatment, and was desperate to get back to work and for some normality in my life once I had finished active treatment.
I have made great use of Weston Park Support Centre and the Cavendish Centre, but when I returned to work, I felt there was a need for some sort of specific support group within the University to help me with the transition back to work. So in 2019, I reached out to a small number of staff who have supported me in the setting up of the group and we met informally on a regular basis when we were still on campus.
Julie Hurst, Student Experience Officer, Student Services Information Desk
Cancer and the Equality Act 2010
You may not consider yourself to have a disability or identify as a disabled person but cancer is covered under the definition of a disability under the Equality Act 2010: which is “a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long term’ negative effect on your ability to carry out normal daily activities”.
At the University of Sheffield, we consider disability in its widest context and this includes, but is not limited to, physical disabilities, neurodiversity /specific learning difficulties / learning differences (e.g dyslexia), autism, mental health conditions, chronic health conditions and sensory impairments and also recognise that not all disabilities are visible or permanent.
In this regard, the Cancer Support Group links in with the University’s Disability Staff Network. More information on this formal network and how to join: Disability Staff Network