Future Dreams news

Where to find help and support when Future Dreams House is closed

Posted by Olivia Phillips on 14 December 2022

The Future Dreams House is closed from Friday 23rd December to Tuesday 3 January 2023 (inclusive). We will reopen on Wednesday 4 January. During this period there will be no in-person or online workshops and classes however, there is loads of support, advice and content to access on our website. We also have lots planned for the new year, new workshops, and exciting events to look forward to so keep a look out.

The Future Dreams podcast ‘& Then Came Cancer’  is a unique, honest and uplifting podcast, hosted by award-winning TV presenter, journalist and breast cancer survivor Victoria Derbyshire.

We have two seasons of the podcast and 27 episodes available to listen to. The podcast episodes include topics on breast cancer and friendship, telling your kids, sharing the news, and breast cancer and faith.

We are excited to announce that Season Three will be arriving next year.

Picture of Sara from Ticking of Breast Cancer, and the TOBC and Future Dreams logos

Our Online Support Hub provides practical advice and support for anyone impacted by breast cancer. It’s run by Sara Liyanage and the Ticking Off Breast Cancer team.

Christmas (and other festive periods throughout the year) can be tricky for people with cancer. Not only is there the added burden of organising presents, preparing a feast of delicious food, seeing lots of people and maintaining festive traditions, but it can also be a reflective time which can in turn cause sadness, anxiety and worry. To help you navigate this time of year, we’ve put together a list of tips for coping with Christmas when you are going through cancer treatment.

You can read Sara’s article on Coping with Cancer at Christmas. Sara also provided relevant links to support over the festive period accessible on The Support Hub.

How to talk to others about your cancer

Dealing with Anxiety

Breathing Techniques

Quick tips to fortify yourself after a breast cancer diagnosis

Follow @tickingoffbreastcancer on Instagram for practical tips, advice, personal stories, expert insight and advice and links to resources. ​​​​​​​​

If you are wanting to speak to somebody about a breast cancer query, breast health, talk things through and looking for support, the Breast Cancer Now breast care nurses are at the end of a telephone line.

The helpline is open to anyone affected by breast cancer, their families and friends and healthcare professionals.

During the festive period, the helpline opening times are slightly different. Please take a look below to see when their team are available on the phone.

Holiday opening times:

Friday 23 December – Open 9am to 4pm 

Wednesday 28 December – Open 9am to 4pm 

Thursday 29 December – Open 9am to 4pm 

Friday 30 December – Open 9am to 4pm 

Tuesday 3 January – Open 9am to 4pm

The helpline is closed on the 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 31st, 1st and 2nd.

You can also access support with Macmillan and Maggies.

Maggies (0300 123 1801) and Macmillan (0808 808 0000)

With 2023 being our 15th year, we have lots of exciting announcements to come.

We have some great workshops planned for January, including a brand-new Sing-a-long with Future Dreams workshop with Tomos Griffiths. Tomos has performed roles in productions of Chess, The Far Pavillions and most recently he played the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webbers Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End. 

Woody Pyke is back for a Cooking for Health workshop at the house on Tuesday 10th January.

‘New Year New Beginnings’ life coaching with Eve is happening online on Wednesday 11th January.

Just Breathe – the power of stillness, with Michael James Wong, is available to join online and in-person on Monday 23rd January.

If you want to get ahead and book these workshops, visit the website and click through to the bookings page. If you are new to Future Dreams and this is your first time booking a session or workshop, please fill in the registration form on the bookings page, you will only have to do this once, and get in touch if you have any queries at Tech@futuredreams.org.uk or Lisa@futuredreams.org.uk

The house will be open again on Wednesday 4 January.


Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie founders of Future Dreams breast cancer support
Support awareness research

Donate to those touched by BREAST cancer

Sylvie and Danielle began Future Dreams with just £100 in 2008. They believed nobody should face breast cancer alone.  Their legacy lives on in Future Dreams House.  We couldn’t continue to fund support services for those touched by breast cancer, raise awareness of breast cancer and promote early diagnosis and advance research into secondary breast cancer without your help. Please consider partnering with us or making a donation.

Donate now