Online HOPE (Help Overcome Problems Effectively) course

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HOPE is a course to help people after cancer treatment. It was developed by Hope for the Community and Macmillan Cancer Support. This course is run in small groups usually over the course of 6 weeks (1 session per week). It is free and is available nationally.

Online HOPE programme

Online HOPE course with green laptopAre you living with or after a cancer diagnosis? Do you want to enhance your resilience through these difficult times, rediscover strengths and increase your ability to cope?

Join Macmillan Cancer Support and HOPE For the Community’s 6 week Online HOPE programme.

Designed to support you to develop techniques and strategies to manage several aspects of living with cancer. During the online HOPE programme you will have the opportunity to learn from other people living with cancer and discuss and comment on others experiences.

You will be able to;

• set and share goals

• meet other people in a similar situation

• learn self-management strategies in a safe environment

• share with peers with support from trained facilitators.

The course lasts 6 weeks. We ask that you commit a minimum of 2 hours per week, at a time to suit you. You will need to have access to the internet via smartphone, tablet or computer.

To find out more and to book onto a course visit 

Face-to-face HOPE programme

Some cancer centres and organisations run face to face Help to Overcome Problems Effectively (HOPE) courses for people living with or after cancer. Your specialist nurse, cancer doctor or information centre may be able to give you information about courses in your area.

Feedback about the Online HOPE programme

"Excellent course, so well structured and user friendly. Loved the motivational content. Liked that you could dip in and out and access where you left off. Would highly recommend!" -Tina

"I feel much more in touch with how I am feeling and with setting boundaries so that I can interact and connect with others without feeling overwhelmed. It gave me permission to get rid of people causing drama in my life." -Kerrie, May 2023 

"It has been life changing, emotionally, physically and mentally. To some extent I feel everything has changed. The welcome at the start and the gentle way ideas were introduced and reinforced without judgement and pressure, the accepting nature of the facilitators and my peers, feeling heard and seen, being able to be me no matter what I felt or said and that was OK." -Faye, 2023

"Hope programme was always something I wanted to do but face to face courses weren't practical for me, being online has been wonderful. I have change a lot of my mindset. I don't look too far ahead, I try to focus on today.... this helps me not get overwhelmed like I was. I am looking at gratitude more, it helps keep me grounded and happier. Thank you for putting together such an Inspirational course." -Gaby

"I feel like I've been given the tools to heal mentally and spiritually. I was stuck in the moment of my diagnosis and couldn't get past it, despite the relentless merry go round of treatment. I feel a bit more in control and hope that the new regime of meditation, exercise etc will get me to the end of my journey." -Ken

Read Wellspring's guest blog 

‘Wellspring’ one of our Community members, shared their experience with attending the HOPE (Help Overcome Problems Effectively) course. Click here to read what they thought of the course and how it helped them.