A CANCER support centre has reopened to guests offering face-to-face support again.

The Hummingbird Centre based in Launton, near Bicester, reopened to guests yesterday (Tuesday).

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Visitors no longer need to book sessions and will be able to move freely between the three buildings on-site.

The centre, which now supports people across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, recently launched a new system for those new to the facility.

The idea is that new guests will come in for a one-to-one meet and greet session, they will view the facilities, and discuss what services and support they want to access.

In the coming months the Hummingbird Centre also plans to introduce new services including Man Monday, where men are being urged to set the agenda.

A consultation is underway and those interested in attending sessions are being urged to contact the Hummingbird Centre with ideas about what they would like to see there.

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Also planned is Wellness Wednesdays where guests can enjoy yoga, meditation and wellness workshops.

There will also be Counsellors’ Thursday, where the centre’s counselling team take over the buildings, and Friday coffee mornings are set to be introduced where people can discuss specific topics and meet others in similar situations.

Hummingbird Centre founder Mechelle Harris said: “We have adapted throughout the pandemic to ensure we continue to support the people who need our help.

"However, we recognise people want, and need, our face-to-face services and in order to deliver that we have to work with Covid-19 and not against it.

“We have a Covid-19 committee that continually assesses the scientific data and government guidance to ensure we remain a safe environment for all our guests. We want people to be assured they can come here and feel safe.”

As part of the centre’s focus to stay Covid-19 safe, everyone attending must be at least double vaccinated and have a negative lateral flow test.

Mask wearing will be a personal choice and there will be sanitising stations, regular cleaning and rooms will be ventilated.

For more information, go to thehummingbirdcentre.org.uk.

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