Shine exists exclusively to support adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s
who have experienced a cancer diagnosis.
There is never a good time to have cancer, but we know that younger adults face different issues than their older or younger counterparts - and that many of these are not dealt with by traditional cancer support charities and services.
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.
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!
Shine New Forest started as an off shoot from Shine Dorset as we realised there were quite a few of us over that side of Dorset and into Hampshire. We are a small group but covering a Geographically large area so we try to carry the location of meet ups to span the forest area. You'll often find us indulging in coffee and cake before or after a beach or forest walk, or meeting in the evening in one of the many fabulous pubs in the forest.
We are a friendly bunch, new faces are always welcome and we're always Keen to hear suggestions of activities or meet up locations. As we sit between Dorset and Hampshire we buddie up with those groups for some joint events occasionally which is always fun.
Meet the volunteer network leader!
Hi, I'm Jen and I help run the New Forest group. My journey with Shine started during my own cancer diagnosis and treatment for Breast Cancer in 2014. After attending some events with Shine Dorset and joining the Shine Facebook page I knew I had found something special, I made some great friends and suddenly didn't feel so much like the odd one out amongst the typical 'cancer patient's age bracket. When I meet some other Shine members who lived close to me we decided it would be nice to have a more local group. Shine New Forest was born! I love running the group in the New Forest as there are so many lovely places to go for a walk, and yummy tea rooms and pubs to visit too!!
When things are difficult I know I've got a whole crew of people around who won't try and fix things, tell me I'm brave or look embarrassed and shuffle off. Sometimes the most powerful thing someone can say when you're struggling is 'me too'.
Shine has also taught me that it’s absolutely fine to not be “back to normal” already – or possibly ever. Before I met other cancer patients I put a lot of pressure on myself to get my life back to what it used to be, but now I’ve accepted that it’ll never be the same but it might eventually be even better!