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We know that having cancer at a young age can be isolating and lonely - and we’re working to change that. We provide support and activities both online and in person.


Information and Resources

Information on topics that we know are important to young adults living with a cancer diagnosis. We also share some of our favourite organisations. 


All about Shine

Shine is working to create a community of young adults with cancer. All of our work is designed to bring people closer together and ensure that they get the support the need. 

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  • Our vision is that every adult in the UK living with cancer in their 20s, 30s or 40s can access the help and support that they need in a way that suits their lifestyle, and that they are a part of a confident, supportive and empowered community of young adults living with cancer.
  • Our mission is to provide tailored information and peer support for anyone in their 20s, 30s or 40s diagnosed with any cancer. We do this through a range of activities including lunches and drinks evenings, beach walks, multi-day getaways, workshops, online networking, and mentoring.

Find out more about Shine on our about page


Events in your area
Want to meet up with other younger adults facing cancer?

Our Networks are not typical support groups: we don’t meet in hospitals, there is no set agenda, and we never sit around in a circle ‘sharing’! Our Shine Networks meet up on a regular basis for drinks, dinner, beach walks, bowling and more. And as a bonus, Shine always buys the first round!

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We are really grateful to all of these organisations who support Shine in a variety of ways. From funding to staff time and specialist advice, we couldn't do what we do without them!

Shine Dorset is run by Abbe & Rosie.

Shine Dorset was our first ever network, set up by our founder Emma Willis. It started off as 2 strangers (Emma & Justine) meeting for coffee one afternoon, discussing the lack of support groups and how hard it is to find someone their own age to talk to and share experiences with. They wanted to reach out and help other people in their situation and thus Shine was started.

Shine Dorset is still a non traditional support group, with the main aim of offering peer support and bringing people together in fun, relaxed atmospheres. We arrange coffee mornings, evening drinks, members lunches, bowling, camping trips and other days out.

Abbe & Rosie now organise the dates and get togethers and are always open to suggestions for activities that help bring Dorset people together. They can also arrange to meet with you before a get together if you are a bit nervous about coming along to your first meet up.

If you’d like to get in touch, drop them an email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and say hi!

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