Weekly GCS Email Newsletter Monday 16th November

Our available services available to our members at this time are as follows:

Our hypnotherapist, Eymer Nolan is running an online class for members on the first Saturday each month. The next class will be on December 5th at 10am via zoom

If you would like to attend please follow the link below:


Eymer is also providing one to one consultations at her clinic, in line with all HSE regulations and guidelines. Please contact info@greystonescancersupport.com for further information.

Tania King, our lymphedema therapist has now re-opened her clinic in line with all HSE regulations and guidelines, providing a safe environment for vulnerable patents. Tania will see any member of GCS for assessment or advice. Please contact info@greystonescancersupport.com for further details.

We have a team of great counsellors available to all of our members.

Please contact us @ info@greystonescancersupport.com for further information.

Joanne Douglas is running an online yoga class every Wednesday at 10.30 am via Zoom.

If you would like to attend the class please follow the link below:

Topic: Yoga with Jo
10.30am Wednesdays

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 868 1764 5925
Passcode: 481979

Joanne’s contact no. is 087 7644231 (in case of any technical difficulties!!)

The singing group continue to meet every Monday evening via Zoom. Please contact us @ info@greystonescancersupport.com for further details.

The writing group are also meeting every Wednesday evening at 7pm via Zoom. If you would like to participate please follow the link below:Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 828 0453 1567
Passcode: 586707

Angelika Renger has very kindly shared the details of FREE Morning Meditation Sessions which she is now running.

The Classes are Wednesday and Friday 8.30am – 9am and suitable for everyone with no previous experience necessary.

Please see below for full details:

Twice a week on Wednesday and Friday Morning Angelika is offering free guided Meditation Classes for anyone to join. This is a way of checking in with ourselves, how we are, what we need and to give a regular pause to our daily life. Even if our lives are not busy with our normal duty’s we are still very busy in our heads trying to get to terms with our new situation, making plans for the future or ruminating in the past. These morning get-togethers are a way to pause and reflect and focus on what is important and to give support to each other by simply practicing together and being there.

Wednesday Class Link


Friday Class Link


Our members are most welcome to attend – thanks so much Angelika!!

Online Mindfulness Class: Monday  10:00am – 11:15am

Everyone can learn and practice the simple tools of Mindfulness. Mindfulness teaches us to direct our attention to what is happening right here, right now, with an attitude of kindness towards ourselves and our experiences. In this way we are not getting so often caught up and stuck in our minds ruminating about the past or being anxious about what is coming next. In the class you will learn very practical tools that will help you to manage life’s daily challenges. You will rediscover simple joys that get snowed under when we are worried and stressed. Previous participants found the class itself a valuable support that offered moments of ease as well as courage, inner strength and purpose. Everyone is welcome and we are happy to help you getting set up for the online class if necessary.

If you would like to participate in the mindfulness class please follow link below:


Online Chair Yoga Class: Thursday 12:30pm – 1:15pm

This class is for anyone who would like to keep active no matter what age. We practice sitting on chairs or standing up. Every joint will be gently moved, muscles stretched and strengthened. You will regain confidence in your balance and walking.  Your heart and breath get exercised which greatly improves your vitality. It’s a fun class and everyone just practices to their own ability. If you find that a normal Yoga class is too challenging and that lying down on your back is not an option for you then Chair Yoga is the perfect alternative. Yoga in general is great for the mind and you will feel energized and relaxed at the same time after the class. If you need help with setting you up for the online option we are very happy to assist you. It is not difficult

If you would like to take part in the Chair Yoga class please follow link below:


Angelika’s YouTube Channel for recorded Yoga, Chair Yoga and Meditation Sessions is:


Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week will run from the 23rd – 27th  Nov 2020

Here is a link to a nice little video that helps build a better understanding and public awareness about children’s grief: https://youtu.be/RfvY9mCsVwE

Anam Cara have a Pack containing 8 booklets written by bereaved parents. This booklet includes information for bereaved mothers, fathers, coping with sudden death, self-care, miles stones and challenges. There are online support evenings for bereaved parents facilitated by our professional facilitators and are accessible from all over Ireland.

The websites www.anamcara.ie or www.anamcarani.co.uk  have a number of resources available including a set of videos made by bereaved parents for bereaved parents

Also on the Anam Cara Website Parents can access a virtual Bereavement Information talk by Brid Carroll, a bereavement specialist and chairperson of the Irish Child Bereavement Network.

On 19th November Anam Cara will be hosting a Zoom Webinar Bereavement Support Evening for recently bereaved parents in partnership with other bereavement support organisations.

For those parents who are not comfortable or cannot get online, Anam Cara can provide 1-2-1 support calls with one of their professional facilitators

Anam Cara is now also able to provide online groups specifically for Parents who are living with no surviving children. There is also a leaflet in the Anam Cara Information Pack and a dedicated webpage for these parents.

The together 4 Cancer Concern has extended its service until the end of the year.

In light of the fact that most of our current fundraising activities are unable to take place, many people have asked how to help or donate. The page below has been set up for anyone who would like to use it.

We will be hugely appreciative of any donation, no matter what size.

If you click on the link below, it will bring you to the idonate Page for GCS:


Thank you!

E-male matters Newsletter and Webinar

You can access an online copy of the E-male matters newsletter (and earlier editions) at: www.mhfi.org/newsletters/about-e-male-matters.html

To mark International Men’s Day (19th November) 2020, HSE Health and Wellbeing – supported by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland and the National Centre for Men’s Health in IT Carlow – are organising a webinar which explores the impact of COVID-19 upon the health and wellbeing of men and boys.  This free event will: begin at 11.00am; look at issues such as farming, older men, young men, men in the GAA; include a mix of presentations and discussion.  If you would like to participate, email your details to Colin Fowler at: colin@mhfi.org

A project called NUTRICO aims to better understand Nutrition Related Life in Irish cancer Survivors. NUTRICO is being funded by the Irish Research Council and it is under the supervision of Ms. Laura Keaver of the Department of Health and Nutritional Science at Institute of Technology Sligo and Ms. Pauline Douglas of the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) from Ulster University. The project has received ethical approval from the Research Ethics Committee in the Institute of Technology Sligo.
The first phase of this research project is a short online survey designed to evaluate the current dietary intake, food choices and satisfaction with food related life in Irish cancer survivors. All information participants provide will be treated with strict privacy and confidentiality. This survey takes no more than 8-10 minutes. An attached link to the survey which includes a participant information leaflet and consent form can be found below.


The Clinical Nutrition & Oncology Research Group in UCC are conducting a national survey looking at what types of complementary or alternative medicine cancer patients/survivors are using throughout the cancer journey and how they feel about complementary or alternative medicine.

They’re hoping to be able to use the responses to see how best to support patients who wish to use these therapies and how best to discuss this within the hospital setting.

If you or anybody you know has had or still has cancer, and was treated in Ireland, they would love to hear from you.

Shapes of Grief

Shapes of Grief is a series of podcasts led by Liz Gleeson, bereavement counsellor.

Specialists in bereavement talk with Liz about various aspects of grief.

The podcasts will prove to be very helpful to those who have lost someone dear to them.

You can find the podcasts and listen to the series online at https://www.shapesofgrief.com/

We wish all of you our very best at this time.

Please do your best to stay safe and well and we really do look forward to seeing everyone again soon!!

Best wishes for now from all of us @Greystones Cancer Support