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London is probably the best city in the world in terms of activities for families and children including lots of free activities and events. We list here lots of initiatives that we believe London Mums and their children from babies to teenagers would enjoy especially at the most entertaining places such as the Science Museum, The V&A, Kew Gardens, Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich, West End shows, the London Eye, the London Aquarium, Kingston upon Thames, Chelsea, SouthBank and so much more.

Coping with Cancer Stress?

Paul’s Cancer Support Centre is running a NEW ‘flexible’ online course in relaxation and coping skills. You can sign up from now until the 3 February for completion by the end of April 2014. A free trial of the course is available on the 11 December 2013.

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Getting a cancer diagnosis can be a very difficult experience that affects people in many different ways. At Paul’s Cancer Support Services, we understand this and can help people affected by cancer to reduce stress and improve their quality of life through effective and easy-to-learn techniques. The latest flexible online course which runs from now through to the end of April 2014 will enable participants to take part in 12 sessions at their own pace, when they feel well enough to participate. If you would like to trial the course before signing up, we will be running a free online webinar on Wednesday 11 December from 11.00-12.00 am. Once signed up we ask people to pay a returnable deposit of £5 to secure a place.

The course is led by Ella Titman, a trained integrative counsellor, yoga teacher and yoga therapist and is designed for anyone who has or has had cancer. Partners or other family members are also encouraged to participate so they can provide support to the person with cancer and learn to deal with their own stress. Although this is an online course participants are not expected to have advanced computer skills. You just need access to a computer at home (PC or a Mac) and preferably a broadband connection. An IT support person is available to help should participants run into any IT problems during the course.

Petra Griffith’s Director of Paul’s Cancer Support Centre adds: “The course looks at how people can help themselves to deal with the impacts of a cancer diagnosis, involving information sharing and an introduction to relaxation and awareness practices. We hope that the course we provide will make a real difference to the lives of people with cancer, their families and friends.”

Among the topics covered on the course are:

• how self-help activities can make you feel more in control of your life

• how to feel less helpless and scared

• how to recognise sources of stress and deal with them

• how to develop feelings of deep relaxation in your body

• how to stop anxious thoughts from taking over

• how use of imagery can help you to influence your life and health

• the importance of seeking support from your friends and family

• how to decide what your priorities really are

• journaling

• meditation

• letting go of resentments.

In words of past online course participants:

“I found the programme extremely helpful in enabling me to support myself with certain aspects of profound changes that are occurring in my life.”

“It was much more user-friendly and very personally supportive than I had imagined would be possible from such an online course.”

“I think one of the most important things is the support and sharing with other people on the same quest.”

“I like the way the course was non-judgmental and able to be adapted by us to our own needs.”

“I liked the way it wasn’t about ‘fixing cancer’ but about helping the person make sense of cancer as a part of their life.”

To find more details about the course visit: http://www.paulscancersupport.org.uk/onlinecourse.html or you can ring Petra Griffiths on 020 7738 1333 or email petrag@paulscancersupport.org.uk.

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