Art, photography and creative writing

  • Community News Blog: Winter Picture Festival

    Handmade christmas tree decoration made with twigs and baubles

    Our featured image, from

    First of all, we’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone who shared a picture with the Online Community as part of our Winter Picture Festival. Your pictures brought the Community team, and our members, a lot of joy this December.

    The Winter Picture Festival gave members the opportunity to share a picture they’d taken, or something they had made, on a winter theme.…

    • 23 Dec 2020
  • Community News Blog: Not everyone can see your pictures

    "International day of people with disabilities" written over a blue sky filled with clouds, above a green hill

    Thursday 3rd December marks the International Day of People with Disabilities, or International Day of Disabled Persons. Not everyone might know that as part of the Equality Act in 2010, anyone with a cancer diagnosis can choose to identify as having a disability. However, it’s important to remember that people can be affected by cancer, and other disabilities, in very different ways.  

    The theme for 2020’s International…

    • 3 Dec 2020
  • Community News Blog: 'Advice to Bureaucrats' by Michael

    As lockdown is eased, yet shielding measures for many are extended, we wanted to share a poem with you from our guest writer Michael.

     Black and white photograph of a man on a bench beside the seafront, facing away from the camera and looking down at a newspaper

    ADVICE TO BUREAUCRATS

    It falls to you to draft a shielding letter

    Of weighty pages, not too clear, for someone

    Who has an underlying health condition,

    The relevance of which he may not know.

    Ensure you couch the information in

    Alarmist terms, including dicta aimed

    At other people rather…

    • 17 Jun 2020
  • Community News Blog: "... The wind blows softly, the wind blows swift to carry my doubts and worries away..."- Creativity on the Community

     'Creativity on the Community' written in white over an abstract image of an illuminated lightbulb

    Today on the Community News Blog we are shining a light on all things creative from every corner of the Community. It doesn’t take long when looking through the community to stumble upon something creative, from knitted toys to poetry there are so many ways that members express themselves. Why not take a look through?

    Creative Arts & Crafts

    In the Breast Cancer’ group  posted pictures of…

    • 21 Oct 2019
  • Community News Blog: Arts, crafts and coping with cancer

     “Arts, crafts and coping with cancer” written over a black and white photograph of hands moulding clay.

    "…it gave me better pain relief than any drug could ever do.”

    Facing cancer arguably takes a lot of energy, and naturally it becomes a central focus of someone’s life. But this doesn’t mean hobbies or pastimes, including arts and crafts, need to fall to the wayside. Such hobbies often provide a vital escape to where cancer is no longer the central focus, but rather your enjoyment and perhaps solace…

    • 30 Jan 2019

Art, photography and creative writing