The Fashion Show is Back!

After a 2 year break we are back for our 4th Worksop Fashion show which will take place at North Notts Arena on TUESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 7PM. Please come along and support this event which is raising funds to provide a package of free therapy treatments to both men and women to help boost self esteem and self confidence whilst undergoing and recovering from cancer related treatments – these can be anything from a manicure, back massage or an holistic therapy treatment.

The format of the show will be our fashion show coordinators Complete Clothing who will provide High Street and Boutique clothing at discounted prices, we hope to have models who are cancer survivors strutting their stuff on the catwalk and hair and make-up are courtesy of North Notts College students. If you would like to be a model at the show please get in touch! You can reserve a round table of 8 or 10 to share with friends whilst taking advantage of the licensed bar on offer or just come as individuals, there will be plenty of room for everyone. As in previous years, we will have a selection of local craft stalls for guest to browse, before, during and after the show with lots of opportunity to spend and purchase that unique Christmas gift.

Tickets are on sale now at [email protected] Tearooms and if anyone is interested in having a stall or being a model then please contact Dawn on [email protected].  

Leslie Smith as ‘Katherine of Aragon’

Friday 22nd October 2021
Worksop Priory 7pm

Tickets cost £10 and are available from [email protected] Tearooms or by contacting Dawn Short on email [email protected].

This event is not suitable for under 16’s  

Katherine of Aragon was born in 1485 into one of the most powerful and warlike families in Europe. She was the youngest of five children and many of her family died young and madness would show itself too. Katherine arrived in England to marry Arthur, Prince of Wales but within months of the marriage he was dead and she was abandoned for 6 years with little money and no real home.

When Henry VIII came to the throne in 1509 he married his brother’s widow and so Katherine became Queen of England. Follow Katherine’s amazing story told in dramatic fashion by Lesley Smith, TV personality and curator of Tutbury Castle who will take you on a journey through her 20 year marriage and the treachery and infighting that was commonplace in Tudor Times. If you have been lucky enough to see Lesley in her other persona’s as Elizabeth I or Mary Queen of Scots to name a few, you will not be disappointed!

New Exercise and Nutrition Service at Aurora

New Exercise and Nutrition Service at Aurora

Aurora has this month launched a unique new service in Bassetlaw called TENS – Tailored Exercise Nutritional Support programme. The programme provides physical and nutritional support, and is being delivered by an exercise and nutritional specialist, personalised to people living with and beyond cancer or with long term health conditions.

Research carried out over the last 10 years has found that being more physically active can have positive health outcomes for people living with and beyond cancer and with other medical conditions. It has also revealed that combining this with a healthy diet, can help to lower the risk of cancers returning and reduce the risk of other health problems.

Being active before, during and after treatment can be done safely and can help to:

Despite the number of physical and psychological benefits of being physically active, 68% of 46–64-year-olds across the UK who are living with and beyond cancer are not reaching the current recommended physical activity guidelines. This can be due to the lack of information patients receive from healthcare professionals, and services being unavailable.

The new Tailored Exercise Nutritional Support programme at Aurora is designed to help by not only educating clients on the benefits of participation and good nutrition, but to provide individual support to experience the benefits for yourself. 

Individuals that participate in the TENS programme will receive an initial consultation with an exercise specialist where current needs and circumstances can be discussed and personal goals identified. As a result, a tailored plan can then be discussed and created around the individual’s likes and dislikes while working alongside the exercise specialist. The nature of the program is heavily dependent on the client’s circumstances, the stage of treatment, current level of fitness, activities they enjoy and their preference of participation whether that be face to face or over the phone. No two clients experience will be the same and is all tailored around each individual.

To book your initial consultation or to find out more please contact Joshua our exercise and nutritional Wellbeing Practitioner on 01909 470985 or email [email protected]

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.

Lottery Heritage Fund logo

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