C’Siders started in 2016 with the aim of providing support for anyone in our area who is affected by cancer- whether a patient, carer or friend.
The group meets on Zoom on the first Monday of each month at 7pm. Details for the meeting are emailed to members in advance.
We also meet face to face on the third Monday of each month at Moonfleet Bowls Club, Knightsdale Road (near Weymouth Swimming Pool), DT4 0HU. Meetings again start at 7pm. The club has ample free parking and a light and airy bar which allows good social distancing. Meetings usually feature a speaker of interest and cover a variety of topics relevant to cancer but also some general-interest subjects. There is always a chance to chat informally to other members and many lasting friendships have been made in this way. We help at events, like the Macmillan Mighty Hike, organise outings, offer activities such as regular table tennis and get involved in fundraising. The group is recognised by HMRC as a charity and is completely self-funded and run entirely by volunteers.
In 2018, C’Siders set up a cancer rehabilitation exercise session called C’Fit which is still available at Osprey Leisure Centre. With a simple referral from a medical professional, patients can access the classes free of charge for 12 weeks, continuing at their own cost afterwards if they wish. C’Siders covers the cost of the twelve week offer as well as helping with buying equipment and training an instructor. This is open to anyone in the Weymouth and Portland area, not just C’Siders – although of course, we’d like you to join our group!
Everyone is welcome, whether existing members or those who are just curious about what support the group has to offer. As a group, C’Siders are there to help each other but also to have fun along the way.
If you want to know more, please get in touch.