Our Support Workers have been through Breast Cancer themselves.

They're here to help you navigate the many aspects of having breast cancer. Whether you want practical information like who supplies prosthesis (and what are they anyway?) or more in depth conversations our support workers are here to help you.

COVID Protection Framework

At Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust we continue to provide support to anyone in the Western Bay of Plenty who has breast cancer. 

All our staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Clients can visit us regardless of their vaccination status.  We require anyone attending a group to be fully vaccinated. 

Individual Support

Would you like to talk to someone who has had breast cancer?

Our Support Workers  are  women who have coped with breast cancer. They understand the fears and feelings that come with a breast cancer diagnosis, they've been through it themselves. They are here to help you successfully navigate the journey by offering practical and emotional support, hope, encouragement and information.

We don't offer medical or treatment advice and we always recommend in the first instance to seek such information from your medical team but we can listen and have a wealth of information about resources available to you.

Aroha ki te tangata ~ Speaks of respect and regard for others.

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Counselling

Counselling offers the opportunity to talk with someone who will listen without criticism, keeping what you say confidential and work with you to explore ways of dealing with what life is offering you. We have qualified, experienced counsellors available.

Helping Hands

Financial support is available to alleviate a little of the stress that comes with a breast cancer diagnosis for those who are experiencing financial hardship.

Dinner Delivery

When you have just had surgery or in the middle of treatment, the thought of preparing a meal can be daunting.  We can offer you some meals for your freezer – healthy and appetising and all you have to do is defrost.

Oncology Massage Service ON HOLD

Gentle massage can be a good way to help ease stress and anxiety while you are dealing with breast cancer and for some it can be an effective way to relieve pain. Michelle Stewart delivers our oncology massage service for clients on Wednesdays here at the resource centre.

For more information call us on 027 571 3346 or email us.

Group Meetings

Please note that if you are attending groups you need to be fully vaccinated. Group attendees will be wearing masks and the room has an air purifier.

Style and Colour For You Workshop

Feeling good in what you are wearing is a major confidence boost that can help you in recovering from one of the hardest times in your life.  This 2 hour workshop will focus on  body shapes: How to highlight your favorite features and Colorimetry: What colours give you a natural glow.  At the end of the workshop you will leave with  your own colour palette and style cards and will have enjoyed time with others who are recovering from breast cancer.

This workshop is kindly offered to us by Anna, The Casual Chic Lady.   Anna started working in the fashion industry at the age of 18, And after gaining enough experience she became a buyer for a popular French clothing brand. She worked hand in hand with international stylists to create new collections & learning all about colorimetry and styles.  Anna now works in Tauranga and Rotorua offering workshops and consultations.

Tuesday 28 June // 5.45pm @ 53 Fraser St, Tauranga

Numbers are strictly limited 

Register Now

Mindful Movement & Deep Relaxation Workshop

Sunday 24th July 9-2pm @ 53 Fraser St, Tauranga

with Brigid Macallister

This workshop will focus on gentle mindful movement. Brigid will work with you to find supported poses that enable movement and mindful breathing. This workshop will also offer a deep relaxation session using Yoga Nidra, also known as effortless relaxation.

Brigid has trained as an Occupational Therapist and Yoga Instructor and is an Energy Therapist at Exhale Clinic.  Brigid lives with her husband Tony, 2 cats & 13 chooks in Pahoia were they are enjoying planting lots of native trees.......🌲🌲🌲

Click here to register

'Give & Get' Coffee Morning - In Person

Come together with others who have breast cancer to 'give & get' support, have a chat and share some laughter. 

Wednesday 22 June, 10.30-11.30 @ 53 Fraser St, Tauranga

RSVP Tel 027 571 3346 or email support@breastcancerbop.org.nz

Lymphoedema Education

Essential information on how to prevent lymphoedema as well as self massage techniques.

Tuesday 7 June  // 7-8pm // Speaker is Desiree de Spong // on Zoom

Register Here or Contact us to find out more 027 571 3346 or support@breastcancerbop.org.nz

Young Women's Support Group

Pottery Workshop Tuesday 31 May, 6-8pm @ Pottery Studio, 109 Devonport Rd, Tauranga.

Click here to register yourself.

Want to bring your mum, auntie or sis? Click here to register them.

Men with Breast Cancer Group

Meet other men who have breast cancer over a cuppa.
Wednesday 27 July, 10-11am @ BCSS Resource Centre, 53 Fraser St, Tauranga.
RSVP Tel 027 571 3346 or email support@breastcancerbop.org.nz

Virtual Coffee Morning

A chance for those who aren't vaccinated or prefer not to meet in person, to join others who have breast cancer for an online chat.  Join our Virtual Coffee Morning on Monday 23 May, 10.30-11.30.

RSVP Tel 027 571 3346 or email support@breastcancerbop.org.nz


Mindfulness Workshops with Katie Ayo

What is Mindfulness?

Being mindful simply means to observe our thoughts, sensations and circumstances without judging them or reacting to them. Learning mindfulness meditation can help us to be curious and accepting of every experience that arises, without trying to change it- whether it be joy, sadness, pain, embarrassment, a loving feeling, happiness or heartbreak. It can be very freeing, even for one moment, to give up striving, perfecting, worrying, planning, analysing and judging….and simply learn to be with each moment, just as it is.

In this Mindfulness Workshop we will explore together how to bring mindfulness into our daily lives. We will learn about how to interrupt our “automatic pilot”, how to slow down and pay attention to our experiences and thoughts in a kind, compassionate and non-judgemental way. We will explore how the breath can be used as an amazing tool for calming the mind and the body and we will practice several mindfulness meditations together which can be used to work with pain, worry and anxiety and bring a sense of calm and wellbeing regardless of circumstances.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and seasoned meditators alike. It will be a warm and safe space for exploring what it means to stop “doing” and start “being”.

Introducing Katie

Katie is a NZ Registered Physiotherapist who has always had a special interest in the mind/body connection and holistic ways of working with emotional and physical wellbeing. 10 years ago, as a response to experiencing anxiety related to personal loss, Katie sought out a local Mindfulness course to learn ways to manage her own mental wellbeing. This course transformed the way she viewed her life, and since then, she has embarked on training as a Mindfulness Facilitator to share some of the amazing benefits she has experienced. Katie currently runs face to face Mindfulness Courses in Papamoa and also on zoom and has a small private practice in her home working with massage therapy for wellbeing.

Mindfulness Online

Starts 9 August for 6 weeks 7-8pm

During this 6 week course we will explore what mindfulness is, learn about the habits of our mind and how to train our attention in a way that supports us to cope with circumstances that may be out of our control. We will look at non-reactivity, non-judgement and kindness as attitudes we can bring to our thoughts and experiences.

There will be meditation practices offered at each session which can be used and practiced straight away at home. Suitable for beginners and people with meditation experience.

Register Here


Mindfulness at the Breast Cancer Resource Centre

Sunday 26 June, 9-2pm @ Breast Cancer Resource Centre, 53 Fraser St, Tauranga

In this Mindfulness Workshop we will explore together how to bring mindfulness into our daily lives. We will learn about how to interrupt our “automatic pilot”, how to slow down and pay attention to our experiences and thoughts in a kind, compassionate and non-judgmental way. We will explore how the breath can be used as an amazing tool for calming the mind and the body and we will practice several mindfulness meditations together which can be used to work with pain, worry and anxiety and bring a sense of calm and wellbeing regardless of circumstances.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and seasoned meditators alike. It will be a warm and safe space for exploring what it means to stop “doing” and start “being”.

Register Here

Papamoa Cafe Coffee Morning

With Kath

On Hold

10.30am - 12 midday

At Pacifica Garden Centre
Tara Road, Papamoa

Tauranga Cafe Coffee Morning

With Kath

 On Hold

10.30-12 midday

At Nourish Cafe,
4 Te Puna Rd, Te Puna


Te Puke Cafe Coffee Morning

With Kath

On Hold

10.30am - 12 midday 

At The Daily Cafe
3 Commerce Lane
(opposite New World)

Katikati Coffee Morning

with Ngaire

On Hold

At Chrome Cafe, 3 Wharawhara Rd, Katikati

Exercise and Breast Cancer

There are a number of options available to you to ensure you are engaging in exercise that is right for you both during and after treatment. Read about these here or contact one of our support workers to discuss your options – phone 027 571 3346 or email us.


"Ngaire was very helpful and supportive. She rang and checked in on me just often enough. My husband and I met with heart the centre and we had a lovely chat which was very informative too."

- Colleen O’Sullivan

“A huge thank you for the beautiful chicken dinners and very decadent chocolate puddings that were delivered to my home. I devoured the pudding the night before I went into hospital so it was a perfect before fasting meal.” 

- Siobhan Gemerden

"Regular contact. Friendly voice on the phone. Regular newsletters/email. Lots of offer of support. Keep doing what you are doing. You are all amazing."

- Judy Gore

Lending Library

Sometimes it's hard to absorb all the information being given at the time of your diagnosis, as you may feel overwhelmed by everything happening.

Don't worry, we have a Resource Room bulging with information brochures and a complimentary library for your use.

The comprehensive library features books both informational and inspirational, written by both medical professionals and breast cancer survivors. Books cover a range of topics from diagnosis to recovery, how to tell the kids, how to tell your friends, from complementary therapies to embracing life. Feel free to come along and see if there is something that answers your questions, inspires you or gives you focus.

Supporting Others

When someone you love is diagnosed with breast cancer the most important thing you can do is listen.

Listen carefully to what they say so you can understand what they need. Remember they are still the same person but now need extra support, especially during periods of treatment and hospital stays. How you react can make a big difference. The first time you see them after a diagnosis is often the most difficult. Don't ignore the illness. Acknowledge it and let them talk if they want to. People with cancer often have mood swings and can take several months to adjust to a diagnosis, so be prepared for changes in behaviour. Don't let their bad days put you off and keep in touch.

Listen

Everyone reacts differently. Some will want to talk about it, some will want to talk about anything but the diagnosis. Listen for what they want and don't be afraid to ask what they'd like to do.

Attend

Offer to go with your friend to appointments or treatments. Often there will be a lot of information for a patient to absorb and it is hard when your head is spinning. A friend focusing on the information may help to pass it on later.

Chores

Fold the washing, do the vacuuming, mow the lawn, weed the garden, take the children to school, prepare a meal, but do it without making them feel inadequate.

Be specific

Asking for help is not easy. So when a friend says, "Whatever you need, just give me a call", it's hard for someone to make that call. It's better to be specific and ask, When would you like me to come over and help with some of the chores - Tuesday or Thursday?"

Family

Don't forget that the person's family will be going through a lot of emotions and changes in their routines as well. They will need support too.

 

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