Our Service

Self Help UK (formerly Self Help Nottingham) has been established for 30 years providing training, development and support to self help groups.

We have been funded by Macmillan to provide support to anyone living in Ashfield, Mansfield, Nottingham, Newark and Sherwood who has a cancer diagnosis, or is still living with the emotional or physical after-effects of cancer or treatments - the ‘Beyond Diagnosis’ Project.

We recognise that receiving or living with a cancer diagnosis can be difficult and challenging for many reasons. 
Some people may find it difficult to talk to people close to them or can find that as a result of illness or treatment they become isolated. Our aim is to provide support for these people and help them to feel less alone.

How we help

Beyond Diagnosis have trained volunteers who provide a variety of support including buddies and one to one support.

We have volunteers who can provide social support or simply be a person to talk to. 

  • Our buddies have regular contact with their assigned client over a period of several months either by phone or face to face. 
  • Our one-to-one support volunteers may only support someone on a single occasion to attend an appointment or a group, they may also support you with check in phone calls to provide support on a one off basis.

We also have volunteers who can support you by leading survivorship self help groups or support you to develop your own group. All our volunteers are referenced, trained and fully DBS checked.

We are looking in particular for Befriending volunteers to come and join our project. For more information on this role, please see the role description.

To apply to be a volunteer with us, please complete and return this form


Our service users

The best people to tell you about the Beyond Diagnosis service are those who are using it. 

“Spending time with my volunteer has helped with my mood and made me feel much less isolated. There’s nothing to worry about when referring into the service; I think people would be surprised at how much of a difference it can make!” - Nigel

“I’d recommend the service to others. Having a volunteer like mine has helped a lot. No matter how empathetic you are, it’s different to talk to someone who has been through something similar. Everyone’s experiences are unique but between them there are certain things that are shared. My volunteer phones me every couple of days so I know if I do have something going wrong it’s someone to share that with and lighten the burden a bit.” - Kevin

“My volunteer visits each Tuesday – it’s meant to be from 11am to 1pm but we tend to lose track of time!   From our time together she has become more of a friend than a volunteer. I’ve become out of touch with a lot of things from being isolated, so she helps keep my up to speed on what’s going on. I’ve been using the service since September 2015; my volunteer and I feel very close now. After I have seen her, I feel very uplifted and motivated for the rest of the day." - Maureen

Get in touch

If you would like further information on this service then please call us on: 0115 911 1662 or email us at: volunteering@selfhelp.org.uk

We’re here to help.

If you have been affected by cancer and would like support from our service, please fill in our self-referral form.  Once completed please email it to referrals@selfhelp.org.uk