About the department

The new Maggie’s Centre opened in May 2016. A £6m investment by the Maggie’s Charity, it provides practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends in the Manchester area.

Once fully established, Maggie's Manchester is expected to receive a total of 60,000 visits a year.

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The team

Our Centre Head, Sinead Collins, oversees everything that happens in each Centre; supporting visitors, managing the programme of support and mentoring staff.

Our Psychologists support people to address a complex range of psychological issues through a range of therapeutic approaches. They offer support to individuals, couples and families as well as running timetabled group sessions.

Our Cancer Support Specialists are experienced professionals, who offer high quality individual and group support to the people who visit our Centre. Through their initial conversations and ongoing support with each visitor they introduce people to the different types of support available, and help them to decide what they'd like to get out of Maggie's.

Our Benefits Advisors help people to access and apply for all the benefits and grants they are entitled to, as well as providing support with other welfare issues.

Our Vocational Rehabilitation Advisors help people to stay in work or get back to work.

Our Relaxation Therapists run sessions and courses proven to help with anxiety, stress and pain relief. In some Centres these include massage therapy, reflexology and meditation.

We also have sessional members of staff who come into our Centres to provide sessions on nutrition, art therapy, tai chi and creative writing.

Our Centre Fundraisers are responsible for delivering local fundraising campaigns to raise awareness of Maggie's and to ensure that ongoing Centre costs are met.

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