New look and website for Aurora thanks to National Lottery support

New look and new website thanks to National Lottery support

Cancer charity, Aurora has received £33k from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The grant will make it safer and easier for people affected by a cancer diagnosis to find and access support in Bassetlaw, with part of the funding going towards a refreshed look and a new online presence.

Aurora has relied more extensively on digital communications since the start of the pandemic and it is believed the new and improved online presence will make it easier for local people to find out what services and support are available for cancer patients, their family, friends and carers.

The charity is continuing to offer support whilst building work continues at the Old Library Building and Museum, set to reopen in September. The new Aurora brand is a glimpse of what people might expect to see when the refurbished building is unveiled.

Debra Fores, Aurora centre manager in Bassetlaw, said:

“We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to refresh the Aurora brand and develop our online presence, and thanks to the National Lottery and its players we can now share details about the vital support we offer along with updates about the work being carried at the Old Library Building and Museum – as we believe this will benefit the local community immensely.

“When people have been diagnosed with cancer or have a long-term health condition it is important to find help and support easily and our new website helps to achieve this – it’s user friendly, interactive and it looks great. We’re grateful that The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us at this crucial time, it’s a lifeline to us.”

Aurora continues to operate a tea room and charity shop ‘[email protected]’ on Bridge St, Worksop and provides beauty treatments and therapies from Sparkles Beauty on Kilton Road, and will continue to do so until the reopening of the Old Library Building and Museum later this year.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, supporting economic regeneration and benefiting our personal wellbeing. All of these things are going to be even more important as we emerge from this current crisis.

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we are pleased to be able to lend our support to organisations such as Aurora during this uncertain time.”

Debra continued: “Having an online presence that people can interact with is vital for the charity. We have been badly affected by the pandemic and making it easy for people to find us, make a donation, or to just get involved – for example volunteering, attending events or simply sharing our news – is incredibly helpful to us. 2021 is already an exciting year and we can’t wait to reopen the building and welcome back familiar faces.”

Keep and look at the Aurora website and social media channels for updates and announcements.

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Thank you for your support…

At Aurora we rely on the help and support of our many volunteers. This support comes in many different forms, from the staff in the shop to the photography on our website – without your help, we couldn’t support local families affected by cancer.

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Allison Tennant: Exercise Programme Case Study

Allison was one of the first cancer patients in Bassetlaw to sign up to the Aurora exercise programme.

Allison, 58 year old from Beckingham in Bassetlaw, was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2020. She underwent surgery the same month and shortly after began a programme of chemotherapy. Allison is due to start radiotherapy in January 2021.

Allison was one of the first cancer patients in Bassetlaw to sign up to the Aurora exercise programme that launched in October 2020. Whilst undergoing her treatment, Allison completed all four of the one-to-one personal exercise sessions.

“I got involved because I thought it was motivational to meet someone with expertise in an area that would help me during my treatment. Having to shield due to Covid-19 had also begun to have an impact, so it felt great knowing I could get out and exercise in a safe environment. And once I’d signed up, it made it much harder to opt-out.”

Allison found having something to focus on during her treatment was incredibly positive. She also believes that exercising, alongside her medical treatment, could improve her health outcomes.

“During chemotherapy, I experienced a lot of fatigue, but the more I exercised, the better I felt. There were days when I thought I couldn’t be bothered, but having the focus of the programme and having experienced the benefits of exercise (not to mention the support from my trainer), made me get up and do more.”

Aurora services set to relocate to enable building work to commence

02 October 2020

Aurora Wellbeing in Worksop has this week relocated a number of vital services in preparation for the start of building works and the transformation of the Old Library Building on Memorial Avenue.

Aurora Wellbeing, a local charity that supports people in Bassetlaw affected by cancer and long term health conditions was in 2019 awarded £1.56M from the National Heritage Lottery Fund (NHLF), boosted to £2M with support from key stakeholders, to transform the Old Library Building where the Aurora charity is based.

Throughout the duration of the building works, Aurora will continue to deliver services to local people to ensure people in Bassetlaw diagnosed with cancer receive vital help and support, and until services can return to the centre in 2021.

The Aurora Charity Shop and Tea Rooms will relocate to the former Dukeries Tea Rooms building on Bridge Street in Worksop in October 2020, for a period of approximately six months and will open daily from Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm.

Aurora beauty therapy services will continue to deliver services from Sparkles Beauty, Kilton Road, Worksop and customers are asked to call 0750 3612084 during this period to book appointments.

Aurora Wellbeing Practitioners will continue to provide health needs assessments and support across the Bassetlaw area (working remotely) to help support people and their families with a cancer diagnosis, and to offer emotional support, counselling and workshops.

Aurora exercise classes, including Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi, will continue either online via Zoom or at locations across the locality.

Debra Fores, Aurora manager said,

“It’s vital we keep all our services running throughout this period to maintain consistent and ongoing support for local people diagnosed with cancer, during what is an incredibly difficult time for many people. Keeping our charity shop, tea rooms and beauty therapy services operational is essential to the charity, to help Aurora generate much-needed income at what is a very challenging time for the charity sector. From everyone here at Aurora, thank you for your continued support. ”

The Old Library building on Memorial Avenue, Worksop is set to be transformed to its former glory thanks to a Heritage Fund grant to deliver an ambitious plan to regenerate the key historic Grade II listed building. 

The project will create a dedicated heritage area at the centre, including physical displays and an innovative virtual museum to tell the story of the Old Library and Museum throughout the decades. Aurora’s aim is to engage people living with cancer and their families with heritage to support their wellbeing. This includes an innovative new activities programme, giving people an opportunity to connect with the history of Bassetlaw. It is thanks to people who play the Lottery for enabling funding and projects to be delivered.

Aurora provides support for anyone living with a cancer diagnosis or a long-term health condition, including their family members and carers, in the Bassetlaw area. Services include support groups, workshops and counselling, beauty treatments and holistic therapies, and exercise classes. Call 01909 470985 or visit www.aurorawellbeing.org.uk/worksop for more information. 

**ENDS**

The NHS is still here for you

Dr Eric Kelly, a local GP in Bassetlaw and Chair of NHS Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) explains that the NHS is still here to help you.

“NHS staff continue to go the extra mile for patients. However, it is also very important that patients and the public are aware that the majority of NHS services continue to operate as usual and want to reassure people that accessing NHS services for non-coronavirus medical issues is highly important.  Both adults and children should attend A&E departments for urgent and emergency medical issues, including serious conditions such as stroke and heart attacks; cancer patients attending their ongoing treatments; and expectant mothers attending for regular scans.”

Bassetlaw doctors have advised that despite the enormous pressures and demands on NHS services during the Coronavirus outbreak, local NHS services remain open to care for patients in Bassetlaw which include GP Practices and Pharmacies.  The health needs of our patients is of paramount importance and it is vital that patients continue to seek advice from health and care professionals such as GPs, nurses and pharmacists.

All practices and most branch practices in Bassetlaw remain open, but of course, the ways in which they are providing care and services has changed. This is in line with national guidance and important measures to keep patients and staff safe.

If a patient needs to see someone, they should contact their local practice where they will be assessed.  This can take place either online or by telephone. If a patient needs to be seen in person and doesn’t have symptoms of Coronavirus, they will be seen in a safe environment. This is particularly important for patients that have more urgent health issues, such as suspected cancer symptoms or severe abdominal pain.

We want to reassure patients not be alarmed if your practice team are wearing personal protective equipment; its extra precaution to ensure that both you and the health professional stay safe during  these times.

If a patient needs to be seen and has symptoms of Coronavirus or is self-isolating with someone else who has symptoms you will receive excellent care and your healthcare professional will explain how it will be delivered.  There is also the NHS 111 online coronavirus service  if you need medical help and advise or if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home or your condition gets worse.

For further information, please visit NHS Bassetlaw CCG’s website via http://www.bassetlawccg.nhs.uk/ for the latest information on Coronavirus and how to access NHS services for other urgent medical services.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter pages @BassetlawCCG.

During these unpresented times, we can all help reduce the spread of Coronavirus by staying at home, protect the NHS and help save lives.

Cancer services here for you in Bassetlaw

04 June 2020

NHS services in Bassetlaw are open and here for you, is the message being shared from local cancer care specialists, despite the increased pressures on the NHS during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Bassetlaw, together with GPs from local surgeries in Worksop and Retford, and cancer nurse specialists in the area, have produced a video encouraging anyone with concerns not to ignore the signs or symptoms of cancer, but to get in touch with their GP surgery or cancer clinic for help and support.

Local cancer support services, including Aurora in Worksop, remain operational via telephone and online support services, and are encouraging people affected by cancer and experiencing difficulties, to get in touch and access the support that is still available.

Debra Fores, aurora manager at Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Worksop said,

“Now more than ever people affected by a cancer diagnosis need our help and support to deal with increased levels of anxiety and worry and the impact of Covid-19. We are aware that the number of people visiting their GP for cancer related issues is down, and we urge people to make contact and follow up any concerns they have.”

GP practices have advised that despite the pressures on services during the Coronavirus outbreak, the NHS along with local cancer support services, remain open to care for patients in Bassetlaw – this includes GP practices and hospital clinics.

Dr Eric Kelly, a local GP in Bassetlaw and Chair of NHS Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) explains that the NHS is still here to help you.

“It is very important that patients and the public are aware that the majority of NHS services continue to operate as usual and we want to reassure people that accessing NHS services for non-coronavirus medical issues is highly important, and that includes cancer related issues and symptoms.

“The health needs of our patients is of paramount importance and it is vital that patients continue to seek advice from health and care professionals such as GPs, nurses and pharmacists, as well as emotional and practical support from organisations like Aurora.”

GP practices across Bassetlaw remain open, but the ways in which they are providing care and services has changed in line with national guidance and measures to keep patients and staff safe. 

Anyone with a health concern should contact their local practice where they will be assessed, either online or by telephone. If a patient needs to be seen in person and doesn’t have symptoms of Coronavirus, they can be seen in a safe environment. This is particularly important for patients that have more urgent health issues, such as suspected cancer symptoms.

Anyone that has been affected by a cancer diagnosis, including family, friends, carers, or those who are socially isolated or vulnerable are please encouraged to contact Aurora via the telephone support service on 01909 470985. Help and support including emotional and practical help is ongoing, confidential Health Needs Assessments with one of our Wellbeing Practitioner are available, either by telephone or video calls. People are encouraged to get in touch Monday – Friday 9am- 5pm.

Patients are reminded that there is also the NHS 111 service and also the online coronavirus service  if you need more urgent medical help and advice.

For further information, please visit Aurora Wellbeing Centre Bassetlaw website via https://www.aurorawellbeing.org.uk/worksop/ for the latest information on services and support Follow us on Facebook @AuroraWellbeingCentreBassetlaw and Twitter @AuroraCentres