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.

Individual Support

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

Our Support Workers and Support Buddies are all 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.

Group Gatherings - Support and Information

Join one of our coffee mornings, exchange stories, information and lots of laughter! Coffee mornings are a relaxed way to meet others who also have breast cancer in an informal atmosphere.  These are held in Te Puke, Papamoa and Tauranga See "What's On" for further details.

Lymphoedema Education

Physiotherapist and Lymphoedema Therapist Kath Vickers provides education, exercises and support on the prevention and management of Lymphoedema. Refer to our Events page for information on the next Lymphoedema Education Session.

What Can Groups Offer?

Groups provide an opportunity for those with a present or past breast cancer diagnosis to meet in an informal environment for mutual support and encouragement. We often have speakers that can share their expertise in various areas, not limited to breast cancer topics. Even if you have great support from family and friends, keeping in touch with a group of people who are also living with breast cancer adds a different perspective and gives you the opportunity to talk openly without feeling like you may upset your loved ones. 

Contribute to our free local support and education programmes – make a difference in our community and donate today.


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

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.  Hands to Heal delivers our oncology massage service for clients on Wednesday and Thursday mornings here at the resource centre.

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

Group Meetings

Lymphoedema Education

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

Tuesday 3rd August  2021 // 6-7pm // Speaker is Kath Vickers // ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Register Here

Men with Breast Cancer Group

Meet other men who have breast cancer over a cuppa.
16 June 2021 // 10-11.30am //  53 Fraser St, Tauranga 
RSVP Tel 027 571 3346 or email support@breastcancerbop.org.nz

Exercise Unplugged

Hear about some of the options that are most beneficial for those with breast cancer and the importance of suitable exercise during and after treatment.

A range of speakers from different exercise programs/options with time for questions. THIS IS AN ONLINE SESSION.
Tuesday 15 June // 6.30-7.30pm // on Zoom
 Register Here.

Young Women's Support Group

Enjoy meeting up with others over dinner.

Tuesday 8 June // 5.45-6.45pm // 53 Fraser St, Tauranga
Register Here

Newly Diagnosed Group Meeting

A group for those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 6 months.  Get together with our support workers to get information about services available to you; meet up with others who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Bring your partner as there will be a group for partners of those newly diagnosed running at the same time.

Dinner will be provided

Tuesday 22 June // 5.45-7.15 pm // 53 Fraser St, Tauranga 

Register Here

Partner Support Get Together

Tuesday 22 June // 5.45-7.15pm // with James Hamilton // 53 Fraser St, Tauranga

Meet up with others whose partners have breast cancer for a chat over dinner.

We understand that the support that partners provide to those who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer can take its toll on partners.  James our group facilitator has been there.  Being a trained and experienced nurse didn’t prepare him for what it was like. 

“I was totally in shock at the diagnosis and didn’t know which way to turn.  What to say? Being a nurse and not being able to fix this was very difficult “ explains James.
James is a qualified nurse with more than 30 years experience working in mental health related services and facilitating groups of all sorts.   His partner Kath, our support worker has had breast cancer and this mix of experience and skills, together with his down to earth approach and dry sense of humour leaves him well placed to facilitate this partners support group. 

This group will give men the opportunity to come together to share a meal and talk with others in the same situation. Come on your own or with your partner.
Register Here

Papamoa Cafe Coffee Morning

With Kath

 Monday 14 June 2021

10.30am - 12 midday

At Pacifica Garden Centre
Tara Road, Papamoa

Tauranga Cafe Coffee Morning

With Kath

Wednesday 23rd June

10.30-12 midday

At Nourish Cafe,
4 Te Puna Rd, Te Puna

Te Puke Cafe Coffee Morning

With Kath

Wednesday 7th July

10.30am - 12 midday 

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

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.

Pink Yoga in Tauranga and the Katikati Women with Cancer Exercise Group  are up and running post COVID-19.

"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.


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.


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.


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?"


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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