Emotional Support for you & your Family

Counselling and Emotional Support

We are very privileged on the Island to have a Consultant Clinical Health Psychologist, Jane Hazeldine who works from St Mary’s Hospital and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice in Newport.

The Breast Care Nurses provide both emotional and physical support from the first contact before diagnosis of a cancer. Usually this valuable support is what enables patients to adjust and cope with this life changing experience. We are all different and need support at varying times. If referral to Dr Hazeldine is needed then the Breast Care Nurse will recognise this and with your permission will ask for further support, however, don’t be afraid to ask the nurses to refer you if you think this is something you would find useful.

Attending the Applegate Breast Cancer Support Group provides emotional support.  It is somewhere to collect further information on what is available on the Island. By sharing and having peer support it helps to know you are not on your own.

There are several other counsellors on the Island but it is suggested to discuss this with the Breast Care team and confirm if it will be appropriate for you.

Most of the Cancer charities offer counselling. It is also available at the Wessex Cancer Trust Support Centre in Newport which works closely with St Marys. You do not need a referral to access this service.

We have been talking about what is available for the patient but as we know the whole family may be affected and need extra support.

The following are agencies that are on the Island


Wessex Cancer Trust

Wessex Cancer Trust offer professional and confidential counselling, sessions for people living with cancer, their families and carers at their centre in Newport. Befrienders are also available through the centre.


For more information contact the Centre:

( 01983) 524186

e mail:  isleofwight@wessexcancer.org.uk



Carers IW

Carers IW offer unpaid adult carers of adults respite weekends, one to one support, creative sessions and a weekly ring round supporter for carers. Support can be provided to those who have experienced bereavement and loss.

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Martin/Soo Scott

(01983) 533173

Email: carersiw@btconnect.com


Support for Children


It’s not just about the patient.  The effects of breast cancer can deeply affect the family members, especially children.

There is no single specialist service on the Island to help children cope with the death, or serious illness, of a family member.  The following groups offer counselling and support, but most need a referral from a GP or other supportive service.

Many of the Applegate Breast Cancer Support group found that talking to a child’s school or college was very helpful and useful, whilst some older children at University were able to access counselling on campus.


The Family Information Zone (FIZ) is also a great source of information regarding children’s support services, and they may be able to suggest something if the necessary help cannot be found.

FIZ  Tel: (01983) 823349

www.facebook.com.fiz and www.facebook.com/iwyouthoffer

This service does not need to be accessed via a GP or health professional, self-referral is welcomed.



Barnardo’s Talk2 Counselling Service for Children and Young People

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Telephone: 01983 520006

Email: talk2@barnardos.org.uk



YMCA Counselling and Psychology Service

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Telephone: 01983 861072    Email: cbs@ymca-fg.ork

Services can be self-referral or referral by health professional


Youth Trust

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Telephone: 01983 529569   Email: info@iowyouthrust.co.uk

Self-referral is welcomed as well as referral by a health professional.

IOW Youth Trust counselling is generic, not specialised for families of cancer sufferers. Having said that, their counsellors are all highly trained, rather than volunteers or trainees, and see children and young people with a wide variety of issues.

Who are we?

The Youth Trust is a charitable, independent and professional organisation offering free counselling, advice, information and support services to young people under 25 on the Isle of Wight and, in some cases their parents or carers.

The services provided are delivered by an experienced and qualified team who follow the National Guidelines for Counselling, offering a fast, flexible and confidential service to young people who are experiencing difficulties. The Youth Trust has been working on the Isle of Wight for over 30 years.

Our Services

The Isle of Wight Youth Trust offers young people the opportunity to talk in complete confidence about any issues or problems. This means that what is said between the young person and the counsellor will not be discussed with other people (including parents, teachers, friends or anyone) unless the client, i.e. the young person or child, wants others to know.

Counsellors do not advise, but help young people understand their problems through encouraging them to share their thoughts and feelings and guide young people to understand.  In short, the Youth Trust counsellors explore ways of finding a positive way forward, treating them with care, consideration and respect.

13-24 years’ Service

We offer a fully professional, confidential and independent counselling service for young people aged between 13-24 years. The counselling offered at the Youth Trust allows young people to talk about any issues that they are facing and would like to discuss, over a series of six sessions covering, usually, six weeks.

Under-13 Service

Children and young people under 13 years of age will usually attend the first session with their parent/carer. They can then attend a further five hour-long sessions, generally taken across six weeks and work with a professionally trained counsellor.

Contact Us

If you would like to access our services for yourself, your child, or someone you know, please contact us by:

  • phone on 01983 529569,
  • by email on info@iowyouthtrust.co.uk,
  • in person at our main location at 1 St John’s Place, Newport, PO30 1LH.
  • Please see our website for more information, including FAQs and a map

Rosie Turner

Operations Manager

Isle of Wight Youth Trust



Community Children and Adult Mental Health Services (CCAMHS)

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Telephone: 01983 523602

National Health Service but can only be accessed by a referral from a GP or other health professional.

Sue Morris

Team Leader / Senior Clinician  Community CAMHS.

The Health Clinic  7 Pyle Street


PO30 1JW



John Cheverton Centre

Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Halberry Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2ER

Tel: 01983 529511

This service can be accessed by a GP or health professional as well as self-referral.


More information

Further counselling services and details of the Island’s Children’s centres can also be found on Wight CHYPS website.


 A message from the Children’s bereavement service at Earl Mountbatten Hospice

I manage the children’s bereavement service at EMH which is primarily a service for those who will lose a loved one or have already done so. The bereavement does not have to be due to cancer but any illness or accident etc. We have no age limit and the service is open to anyone and people can be referred by their GP or self-refer. We provide one to one support, family and group support.

I provide psychological support for individuals and their families affected by cancer and I often support parents in supporting their children. It may be that we can also look at running a group for children affected by cancer but not a terminal cancer.

I will happily look into this further if there is a need for that support.

Outside of EMH the Youth Trust provides 6 sessions of general counselling, Seeds of Change can provide family therapy again this is general and not specific to cancer.

Dr Jane Hazeldine

Consultant Clinical and Health Psychologist

Oncology and Specialist Palliative Care

Earl Mountbatten Hospice

01983 529511 ext 111










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