Our mission is to provide support and information for anyone affected by cancer, offering practical ways of enhancing physical, psychological and emotional well-being.
Since it first opened its doors in 2001, The Mulberry Centre has grown and adapted its services to meet the needs of the people we aim to serve. As people are living longer with a cancer diagnosis, we recognise that their needs may change over time. It is not just the physical manifestation of the disease, but the emotional and practical impacts that we are able to respond to.
We aim to deliver a range of information and support services to all people affected by a diagnosis of cancer: to the cancer patient, friends and family, carers and those bereaved by cancer. Services include complementary and relaxation therapies, ongoing one to one support on a drop-in basis, counselling sessions and support groups, plus a wide range of workshops. The combination of information, support, self-management and relaxation helps people feel in control; it helps them to make the right decisions to manage both the physical and mental trauma of a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
In addition, our outreach activities have been gaining momentum, forging links with a broad range of relevant health and community organisations and targeting and approaching sections of the community who have tended not to be active users of The Mulberry Centre. It is difficult to quantify the numbers who we reach in this way, but the recent 34% increase in service users can to a large extent be explained as a result of our outreach work.
Longstanding relationships with a wide range of health professionals, public bodies and voluntary organisations also help us to achieve and sustain our aims.
Recognitions and Awards
Macmillan Cancer Support has been integral to our development, pump priming 2 posts and funding our Outreach Officer until March 2013. In 2010 we were chosen as a beacon site for their Macmillan Environmental Quality Mark award for the excellence of our facilities; this was awarded again in November 2012 and November 2015.
In 2014 The Mulberry Centre was named Hounslow Charity of the Year at a lavish ceremony held by Volunteer Centre Hounslow.