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Monthly support groups in Norfolk and Suffolk

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Benefits of attending a support group

Reduce anxiety
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Reduce emotional distress and depression

Reduce fatigue and the experience of pain

Help to improve mood, self-image

Develop mechanisms to cope with stress

Help to regain overall feelings of control

East Of England Asbestos Patient Support Group

The EEA-PSG has been established for individuals in East of England suffering the effects of exposure to asbestos, including conditions such as:

  • mesothelioma

  • asbestos related lung cancer

  • asbestosis

  • diffuse pleural thickening DPT

  • pleural plaques.

The EEA-PSG groups are free to attend and are open to all patients, caregivers, family members and friends who may need encouragement while learning to cope with the diagnosis of a loved one.

The importance of holistic caregiver support also enables open discussion, as well as signposting to information to help with practical advice and guidance from both healthcare professionals and other caregivers.

When do we meet?

The Inaugural EEA-PSG meeting is taking place on Monday 15th March at 11am. All meetings are by Zoom. In due course when we can meet face to face details of these “Free to Attend” Coffee Mornings will be sent to you.

Future face to face and virtual meeting dates:

  • 9th June – Norfolk EEA PSG – The Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Old Costessey NR8 5AH – Kate Slaven will be giving a clinical trials update

  • 17th June – Suffolk EEA PSG – Hyndman Centre, Fursland Room, St. Peter’s Church, Hospital Road, BSE IP33 3JT

  • 2nd/5th July Action Mesothelioma Day Observance – The East of England Asbestos Patient Support Group (EEA-PSG) will be holding our customary AMD Commemoration and Observance at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St. Edmunds, West Suffolk between Fri 2nd July – Mon. 5th July, starting with an Awareness Display in the cloisters of the cathedral on Fri. 2nd July and concluding with an open-air observance and commemoration in the Pilgrims Garden (Garden of Remembrance) at 12 noon on Monday 5th July. The Awareness Display is under cover and will be open throughout the week-end. Monday’s AMD event will be undercover if wet.

  • 14th July – EEA PSG Norfolk – West Dereham Village Hall, Church Road, West Dereham, Downham Market, PE33 9RW

  • 15th July – EEA PSG Suffolk – Adelaide Beach Hut, No 74, Southwold, North Parade Suffolk, IP18 6LT

  • 30th JulyEEA PSG Coastal Norfolk – Wells Community Hospital, Mill Road, Wells Next The Sea, Norfolk NR23 1RF

  • August 2021 – TBA

  • 8th SeptemberEEA PSG Norfolk – “Rose Garden Tour” at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough

  • 16th September – EEA PSG Suffolk – Oakes Barn St. Andrews, Street South, Bury St. Edmunds, IP33 3PH – Kate Slaven Mesothelioma UK will be giving a clinical trials update

  • 24th September – EEA PSG Coastal Norfolk – Wells Community Hospital, Mill Road, Wells Next The Sea, Norfolk NR23 1RF

  • 13th October – EEA PSG Norfolk – Great Dunham Village Hall, 5 Litcham Road, Great Dunham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE32 2LJ – Liz Darlison MBE Founder of Mesothelioma UK

  • 21st October – EEA PSG Suffolk – Copdock and Washbrook Village Hall, Old London Road, Copdock Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3JN

  • 10th November – EEA PSG Norfolk – King’s Lynn Town Hall, Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 5DQ

  • 18th November – EEA PSG Suffolk – The Hotel Victoria, Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0BZ

  • 26th November – EEA PSG Coastal Norfolk – Wells Community Hospital Mill Road, Wells Next The Sea, Norfolk NR23 1RF

  • December 2021 – Christmas Lunch

The virtual meetings will be held on Microsoft Teams. You can request a link from Phoebe Osborne (contact details below).

For more information about attending one of our virtual meetings, please contact Phoebe Osborne /via 01223 665 653 or email phoebe.osborne@hughjames.com

East Of England Asbestos Patient Support Group

The EEA-PSG has been established for individuals in East of England suffering the effects of exposure to asbestos, including conditions such as:

  • mesothelioma

  • asbestos related lung cancer

  • asbestosis

  • diffuse pleural thickening DPT

  • pleural plaques.

The EEA-PSG groups are free to attend and are open to all patients, caregivers, family members and friends who may need encouragement while learning to cope with the diagnosis of a loved one.

The importance of holistic caregiver support also enables open discussion, as well as signposting to information to help with practical advice and guidance from both healthcare professionals and other caregivers.

When do we meet?

Inaugural EEA-PSG Meeting is talking place on Monday 15th March at 11am. All meetings are by Zoom. In due course when we can meet face to face details of these “Free to Attend” Coffee Mornings will be sent to you.

Future face to face and virtual meeting dates:

  • 9th June – Norfolk EEA PSG – The Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Old Costessey NR8 5AH – Kate Slaven will be giving a clinical trials update

  • 17th June – Suffolk EEA PSG – Hyndman Centre, Fursland Room, St. Peter’s Church, Hospital Road, BSE IP33 3JT

  • 2nd/5th July Action Mesothelioma Day Observance The East of England Asbestos Patient Support Group (EEA-PSG) will be holding our customary AMD Commemoration and Observance at St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St. Edmunds, West Suffolk between Fri 2nd July – Mon. 5th July, starting with an Awareness Display in the cloisters of the cathedral on Fri. 2nd July and concluding with an open-air observance and commemoration in the Pilgrims Garden (Garden of Remembrance) at 12 noon on Monday 5th July. The Awareness Display is under cover and will be open throughout the week-end. Monday’s AMD event will be undercover if wet.

  • 14th July – EEA PSG Norfolk – West Dereham Village Hall, Church Road, West Dereham, Downham Market, PE33 9RW

  • 15th July – EEA PSG Suffolk – Adelaide Beach Hut, No 74, Southwold, North Parade Suffolk, IP18 6LT

  • 30th July EEA PSG Coastal Norfolk – Wells Community Hospital, Mill Road, Wells Next The Sea, Norfolk NR23 1RF

  • August 2021 – TBA

  • 8th SeptemberEEA PSG Norfolk – “Rose Garden Tour” at Peter Beales Roses, Attleborough

  • 16th September – EEA PSG Suffolk – Oakes Barn St. Andrews, Street South, Bury St. Edmunds, IP33 3PH – Kate Slaven Mesothelioma UK will be giving a clinical trials update

  • 24th September – EEA PSG Coastal Norfolk – Wells Community Hospital, Mill Road, Wells Next The Sea, Norfolk NR23 1RF

  • 13th October – EEA PSG Norfolk – Great Dunham Village Hall, 5 Litcham Road, Great Dunham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE32 2LJ – Liz Darlison MBE Founder of Mesothelioma UK

  • 21st October – EEA PSG Suffolk – Copdock and Washbrook Village Hall, Old London Road, Copdock Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3JN

  • 10th November – EEA PSG Norfolk – King’s Lynn Town Hall, Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 5DQ

  • 18th November – EEA PSG Suffolk – The Hotel Victoria, Kirkley Cliff, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0BZ

  • 26th November – EEA PSG Coastal Norfolk – Wells Community Hospital Mill Road, Wells Next The Sea, Norfolk NR23 1RF

  • December 2021 – Christmas Lunch

The virtual meetings will be held on Microsoft Teams. You can request a link from Phoebe Osborne (contact details below).

For more information about attending one of our virtual meetings, please contact Phoebe Osborne /via 01223 665 653 or email phoebe.osborne@hughjames.com.

About the East of England Asbestos Patient Support Group – EEA-PSG

EEAPSG was founded by Brian Wallis in March 2021 and will be Chaired by Phoebe Osborne.

Prior to this Brian Wallis has been an active Mesothelioma UK Ambassador since losing his wife Rosemary in 2013 to asbestosis. He was also the founder of Anglia Asbestos Disease Support Group. During this time Brian and his team of loyal volunteers strived to improve the support available for those newly diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases and helped to raise funds for a Mesothelioma UK specialist nurse to work in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Brian recalls first-hand there were very few patient support groups in these parts of the region only a short time ago and since then, he has worked tirelessly to build a network of thriving patient support groups which have run alongside those existing groups located across the UK, many of which are linked to the NHS and other charities.

Due to geographic location of the East of England, it is no small feat to bring together patients from as far afield as Coastal Norfolk to Rural Suffolk and EEA-PSG understands how vitally important it is to support all patients and their families affected, no matter where in the region they are based.

The EEA-PSG will be supporting patients and their families affected by asbestos-related diseases via Zoom coffee mornings, it is hoped in due course when the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions are lifted, face to face meetings in a number of locations across the East of England region can resume.

Patient safety is paramount to EEA-PSG and we will be running our monthly Coffee Morning meetings via Zoom with all details on [Facebook Page link] Please get in touch if you are interested in joining a meeting and we will send you a link and joining details.

Team EEA-PSG.

The recently incorporated EEA-PSG is a charity dedicated to helping people suffering from asbestos-related diseases and their families who live in the East of England.

Areas we cover

Our commitment

EEA-PSG is committed to improving the lives of people affected by asbestos illnesses and can assist in a variety of ways:-

  • Fundraising for a Mesothelioma UK specialist nurse in Norfolk and Suffolk

  • Signposting to local healthcare professionals across the region

  • Working to support likeminded asbestos charities

  • Holistic and emotional support

  • Raising awareness of asbestos-related diseases at events and online

  • Persistent campaigning and lobbying of the Government for better treatments and increases to welfare benefits and the treatment of patients

  • Improving patient care and signposting to Mesothelioma UK to explore all current medical treatment options and clinical trials available

  • Listening, caring and providing a safe place to share experiences

Contact Us

If you would like to join one of our Coffee Mornings please know that you are not alone and there are patients, carers and families in the East of England who would be able to offer support and guidance.

Call us on: 01223 665 653

Contact us by Email: info@eastofenglandasbestos.co.uk

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