coping with cancer

Complementary Therapies

What are Complementary Therapies?

Complementary therapies work with the person as a whole, treating the person on a physical and emotional level. Complementary therapies may help you feel better, give you a sense of control over what is happening to you and reduce stress, tension, sleeplessness, anxiety and depression, and make you feel more relaxed.

You can receive complementary therapy treatments either at one of our outreach Time Out groups or on a 1:1 basis at Helen Webb House. If you are currently undergoing any medical treatment, you will need to obtain consent from your GP before you can receive such therapy. Below are a few that are available (list not exhaustive)

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy Massage is a treatment using essential oils. These are concentrated plant extracts, and each of the oils has unique properties that can be used to enhance well-being, relieve stress and promote good health within the body. One of the main ways of using oils is through massage. Aromatherapy Massage is gentle and soothing.


‘Reiki’ means ‘universal life energy’. Every living thing has energy and a Reiki therapist has been trained to allow this energy to flow through them and out of their hands to a client. A Reiki treatment is a gentle therapy; the therapist will gently tough the clothed client, starting at the head and will gradually work over the body. Reiki can also be given without touching if appropriate. Most people find Reiki very relaxing for the mind and the body.


Reflexology is a therapy that involves working areas of the hands or feet that correspond to every part of the body. Working these reflexes promotes relaxation, improves circulation and helps the body’s own natural healing systems. It can help with the management of pain, nausea and vomiting, constipation, headaches and migraines, poor sleeping and anxiety.

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is a relaxing massage of the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, scalp and face. This treatment can help with the management of stress and anxiety, relief from neck and shoulder pain and tension, help alleviate eye strain, sinus congestion and insomnia.


Sue Young Cancer Support aims to support anyone affected by cancer. It’s not only physical symptoms that affect patients but also emotional turmoil and anxiety over practical issues that can arise following a cancer diagnosis. Counselling is one of the services that may benefit not only you but your family and carer(s) once the cancer diagnosis has been made.

We have an “open door” policy, in order to make access to our services as trouble free as possible. Many different people come to us for counselling and we try to cater for as many people as possible, with focus on equality and diversity in all cases. We are constantly striving to recruit new volunteer who would be able to assist with service users with differing needs and languages.

Counselling is about enabling people to explore and express their feelings and issues currently affecting them and takes place on a 1:1 basis with a trained counsellor, as it is sometimes difficult to talk to family and friends. Our counsellors offer a confidential, non-judgemental service, so you can talk openly and freely.

Sometimes counselling focusses on immediate concerns and issues or it may feature other matters that your present circumstances invoke. Sessions are flexible and tailored to your needs.

Time Out Groups

Time Out Groups are for anyone affected by cancer – patients, their careers and families. At our Time Out, you can enjoy a complimentary therapy treatment in a calm, relaxing atmosphere, and chat to other patients and carers over a cup of tea.

There is no need to book, just turn up, these groups meet twice a month in the locations below. For more information please contact Sue Young Cancer Support reception

All groups run from 1.30pm – 4.00pm

Time Out : Wanlip

1.30pm – 4.00pm

Wanlip Village Hall, Wanlip, Leicester, LE7 4PJ

Time Out : Coalville

1.30pm – 4.00pm

The Marlene Reid Centre, 85 Belvoir Road, Coalville, LE67 3PH

Time Out : Hinckley

1.30pm – 4.00pm

St Francis Community Centre, Tudor Road, Hinckley, LE10 0EQ

Time Out : Leicester

1.30pm – 4.00pm

Helen Webb House, 35 Westleigh Road, Leicester, LE3 0HH

Time Out : Loughborough

1.30pm – 4.00pm

Rosebery St. Peter’s Community Centre, Storer Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 5EQ

Time Out : Market Harborough

1.30pm – 4.00pm

Harborough Community Centre, 121 Bath St, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 9JL

Support Groups

There are various support groups for different types of cancer, some of which are hosted by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Others are self-funded and/or Macmillan supported.

Gentle Movement

Join us for our calming

Gentle Movement Classes

Sue Young Cancer Support offer a range of gentle movement classes throughout the year, please contact reception for more information.

You don’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity.

Come and join us in benefiting from improved general health to much more.

Health & Wellbeing

Learn, understand and experience the healing benefits of Mindful way of life

For more information please contact 0116 2230055

Other Services

Befriending Support

Our befriending service can provide people with the opportunity to have 1:1 support by a trained volunteer in the comfort of their own home. A befriender can provide a listening ear to talk through concerns and issues, or accompany you to the shops. Our befrienders can allow a carer to take a valuable break from their caring role, and if you are particularly isolated, can help alleviate any feelings of loneliness you may be experiencing. This service is time limited and assessed on a case by case basis.

Will Writing and Support

Sue Young Cancer support works alongside Blue Light Will Writing service to be able to help you and support family member with advice. They are able to offer home visits or meet and greet at the charity

 (Appointments only)

Benefit Support & Services

(Appointments Only)


Welfare Benefits & Tax Credits

Once we know your circumstances, we can explain the Welfare Benefits which you could claim. We can supply or help you fill in application forms and take the pain out of the paperwork. Some Benefit applications, such as Welfare Provision Grants can be made over the phone and we also support you with appeals and tribunals.

Debt & money advice and budgeting

We help to reschedule debt repayments. If your problem is urgent, we will try and fight your case with bailiffs, courts and debt collectors. We can help you to budget better for the future and we will make sure that you have claimed all of the Welfare Benefits that you could gain. We can’t make your debts go away, but we can make them easier to manage.

Utility Bills

If you have problems understanding your bills, or if you want to try to get a cheaper deal, we will make the phone calls to the utility companies on your behalf. If you are in particular hardship and unable to pay your bills, you might be able to get help from such organisations as the Severn Trent Trust. We can help you with any such claims.


We can advise on rent, council tax, help resolve problems with your landlords or mortgage lender if you are affected by homelessness or feel you are at risk we can help guide you in finding a safe place to live. We also in Partnership with SHARP Housing.

Domestic Abuse

We help both male and female victims of domestic abuse. We try to help with all of you needs, from finding a place of safety, to legal help, financial advice, Welfare Benefit advice, counselling, and help with employment or training in the longer term.


Our staff are trained to help with many of the legal aspects of Consumer, Welfare Benefit and Disability problems. We also have knowledge of family law and wills and probate. However, we do not pretend to know everything. We are fortunate in having partner solicitors who come to our office from time to time to provide half an hour of free advice on family law, or consumer law.

Employment Issues

If you think that you have been unfairly treated at work or have questions concerning your employment rights we can give you advice and assistance. If you are unemployed and seeking paid work our community coach is happy to help you.

Household Goods

We can point you to places which supply cheap household goods or things for your baby.

When we offer help with any and all of the problems above, we include in our work letter writing, form filling, phone calls and counselling. If you are afraid to talk to such people as the local council, the courts, the bailiffs, and the Department of Works and Pensions, we will give them a call or write a letter on your behalf.

We go in person to assist and support people at courts, the Council offices, doctors, social services, and Tribunals so that we can act as your advocates and make sure that they receive the justice which they deserve.

For further information please Call us today on 0116 278 2001

Hall & Room Hire


Sue Young Cancer Support which is based on Westleigh Road, 3 miles from Leicester city centre is able to offer a range rooms for hire as well as our main hall for private use.


Hadley Hall is available to hire for private functions e.g., parties, wakes, conferences. The building can seat over 60 people seated. We are able to offer a kitchen use for reheating of food. The charity has off road parking available with more parking available on request. A deposit of £50 required on day of booking.


Room Hire

The charity has a number of rooms available for private hire suitable for private counselling, small meetings or complementary therapies. These rooms are available to hire depending on charities actives and hours. For more information please contact SYCS

Tel: 0116 2230055 or