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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.

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Information & 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. 

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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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About Shine

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.

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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Shine Norwich is run by Corrine.

The Norwich network was started in 2014 and has been lead by Corinne since December 2017. Corinne decided to volunteer as a network leader after attending a few of Shine's national events and wanted to help keep the Norwich social meet ups going, finding it helpful to meet other young adults going through cancer in her local area.

 
The Norwich network meet once a month for a variety of social activities like meals out, coffee afternoons, walks and bowling. The meets rotate days and times so everyone has the chance to come to an event whilst juggling treatment / work / family life. 
 
The focus is very much on having a relaxed and fun time and new faces are always welcome. If you are feeling a bit nervous about coming along, Corinne is always more than happy to meet you beforehand and introduce you.
 
Corinne also has links with local services and can help with information if you have specific support needs.
 
Meet the volunteer network leader!
 
 
Hi I'm Corinne, I was diagnosed and treated for cervical cancer at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in 2016. My treatment consisted of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. 
 
My Oncology nurse recommended Shine to me as I was overwhelmed by how much younger I was than the other patients and felt really isolated. These days Shine has become my second family, the friendships, encouragement and support has helped so much and I love organising the Norwich meets. 
 
Corinne x