Deaf Cancer Support Group

Macmillan Deaf Cancer Support Project led by a Deaf team, providing virtual emotional and practical support to Deaf people experiencing Cancer.

The Project

Self Help UK have received additional funding from Macmillan to develop our Deaf Cancer Support project.
The funding will be for a 2 year pilot scheme.

This funding enables us to:

  • provide virtual emotional and practical support for Deaf people going through cancer;
  • signpost people to other appropriate services;
  • support the establishment of new peer support groups, so that Deaf people affected by cancer can meet other people with similar experiences.

Self Help UK have 3 staff within the project; Referral Admin Coordinator, Peer Group Development Officer and Advocacy Officer.

The service will cover the whole of the UK including Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland.
This will allow us to support both Deaf people with cancer, as well as those caring for people with cancer.

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Macmillan provided funding for Self Help UK

How the project started

Macmillan provided funding for Self Help UK to set up a service for Deaf people experiencing cancer, as Self Help UK have 40 years’ experience of providing support for peer support groups across Nottinghamshire and the UK. 

The project at Self Help UK started in 2018. Macmillan noted that there was no dedicated service for Deaf people experiencing cancer, particularly those who use British Sign Language. They asked Self Help UK to set up a service for Deaf people experiencing cancer.

Niki Johnson was recruited to run the project for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Since 2020 the service has expanded to cover the UK by Zoom and remote support. Macmillan have extended our funding and this allows us to offer support to Deaf people experiencing cancer across the UK. They can use the project to help in their own personal cancer journey in British Sign Language.

Meet the team

Introduction to Self Help UK

Latest information

The latest industry news, interviews and resources.

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June 17, 2024

Royal Celebration at His Majesty King Charles III

Royal Garden Party: Celebrating our Macmillan Deaf Cancer Support Project, run by SelfHelp UK   21st May 2024 The Deaf Cancer Support Project providing support to Deaf individuals affected by cancer, were honoured to be invited to His Majesty King Charles III Royal Garden Party, held at the historic Buckingham Palace on May 21, 2024. […]

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November 29, 2023

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer starts in the windpipe (trachea), the main airway (bronchus) or the lung tissue. Cancer that starts in the lung is called primary lung cancer. Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK. Around 48,500 people are diagnosed in the UK each year. Lung cancer gets more common as you get […]

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October 23, 2023

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is when abnormal cells in the breast begin to grow and divide in an uncontrolled way and eventually form a growth (tumour).  Breast cancer most commonly starts in the cells that line the milk ducts of the breast. It is the most common cancer in the UK. It mainly affects women, but men […]

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Volunteer with DCSG

Volunteer with us!

Self Help UK has a group of trained volunteers, to help and support Deaf people experiencing cancer. It can be anything from simple listening (remotely by video call), running a support group in your area (coming soon) or on Zoom, or supporting you with hospital appointments (depending on volunteer availability).

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer – please fill out this Volunteer Form. You may be subjected to satisfactory checks including DBS checks.

Or you can email [email protected]

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Useful links

These are our other projects or partnerships with other charities. 

Deaf Covid Long Term

Deaf Long Covid Project

Support group for deaf people who have caught long covid. Details to come soon.

Macmillan Story Telling Project

Macmillan Story Telling Project

Scottish Book Trust in partnership with Macmillan. We have teamed up with Scottish Book Trust with a couple of our Deaf Cancer members creating their stories in BSL.

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Sign Health


Sign Health, a charity for Deaf people to access health related information and counselling support.

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