Help starting a group
Here you will find what you need to help you decide if you want to set up a Wigwam Cancer Support Group in your area.
Why become a Wigwam facilitator?
As a facilitator of a Wigwam Yes to Life cancer support group you not only become part of the Wigwam community, you also become part of the bigger Yes to Life family.
You will meet new people and develop new skills and knowledge.
Supporting yourself and others with health and wellbeing is an investment in your personal growth.
You will have the opportunity to follow an induction programme and will have the ongoing support of a qualified supervisor and access to a regular peer to peer support group and network.
You will be contributing to the mission of Yes to Life to increase support for people in the UK and beyond in taking an integrative approach to their cancer care. Our vision is for a network of Wigwam groups across the country.
What does it involve?
You can become a Wigwammer in your local area. This is a key role responsible for bringing people together, encouraging them to share, listen and learn. Every group will be unique depending on the individuals involved. Support groups can be a life raft to people living with cancer, offering them a sense of community with like-minded people. We ask that you are able to commit to regular groups in order to create a real impact on people’s lives.
What qualities are helpful?
Experience of living with cancer and enthusiasm for taking a stand for your own health and well-being.
Being a good listener and enjoying meeting new people and talking with them
Familiarity working in groups or teams
Comfortable talking about cancer, illness and loss.
Naturally empathetic, warm and friendly
Organisational skills and a clear idea of the importance of boundaries
Tips from Wigwammers
“It is possible to start small and build up. We started our group with 3 people and then built up slowly. The group was still very wonderful with only a few of us....Breaks are so important as that is often when folk connect and build relationships” Philip, Stroud Wigwam
“Just do it. Sharing is powerful, educational and takes the scary lonely feelings out and replaces them with strength” Jill, Hertford Wigwam
Wigwam is made possible by generosity.
Our principle is that everybody should have equal access to reliable information and support. As such, all of our forums, webinars, weekly groups and support groups are run entirely on a donation basis.
We don't have any set charges and simply ask you to give what you can. The volunteers that run our activities give their time, energy and knowledge freely so that as many people as possible can benefit.