Monday 31 January 2022

Closing the Gaps in Cancer Care, Enable take the lead on South West London’s World Cancer Day activity February 3rd, London

The Macmillan Community Cancer Link Worker service delivered by Enable Leisure and Culture in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support has supported over 230 local residents over the past 15 months.

Mary, a service user who received her pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2017 is truly grateful for the support she has received from the dedicated team. “I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017. I underwent full Whipple surgery that year which was successful at removing the cancer. However, since Covid, my anxiety heightened, and I worry my cancer will return.”

After her life-changing diagnosis Mary didn’t know where to start, but her GP referred her to Hannah – the Macmillan Community Cancer Link Worker at Wandsworth not-for-profit organisation Enable. “I had so much anxiety and no support from anywhere. I was feeling very depressed and sad. So, my GP referred me to a lovely lady, Hannah who has made life a bit brighter and easier to manage.”

Hannah provides bespoke emotional support which helps to empower people in accessing support. Working collaboratively with local cancer services to close the gap in cancer provision is key to this model’s success; one of these collaborations is with the Macmillan Move More programme which is also delivered by Enable in partnership with Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Marguerite (Macmillan Move More Lead) and Hannah credit the success of this collaboration to their open channels of communication, regularly referring and signposting clients to one another and other services that their patients might benefit from. They keep in regular contact with Mary and their other patients to ensure that they have the support they need. “It has been a joy to see Mary and many more of our shared patients enjoying the activities for both the physical and social benefits.” says Marguerite.

The Macmillan Community Cancer Link Worker role is part of a wider award winning social prescribing team at Enable. They have specialist knowledge, skills and experience relevant to supporting those living with and beyond cancer, including having relationships with key professionals in Primary and Secondary Care, as well as with local and national Voluntary & Community Sector Organisations. Hannah and Marguerite have thoroughly enjoyed working together to support Mary’s health and wellbeing through increasing her physical activity levels and social contact with others. Hannah works to identify various holistic support for clients while Marguerite provides cancer specific exercise input including running local classes for people living with and beyond cancer.

Mary says, “I don’t have anyone to talk to most of the time, apart from son who is my carer. So many people have no one to talk to. It's so good to talk to others and share experiences about how everyone manages and copes with their diagnosis. It helps to make you feel like you aren't the only one going through it, the service gives you encouragement to carry on and it helps to talk to someone you don’t know as your family worries a lot. I am now able to keep more active and I enjoy the social side as well.”

Reducing social inequality is at the heart of Enable’s work, with the person at the centre of our approach, and in this programme by reducing the social impact of cancer.

If you need support with your own diagnosis please contact 

On February 3rd, to mark World Cancer Day and this year’s theme – Closing The Gap, Enable’s Health and Wellbeing team will be hosting a conference from 4-6pm at the Civic Suite Wandsworth for Health and Social Care Professionals working in South West London to share specialist knowledge and expertise on cancer services and how they support local people living with and beyond cancer. The first year of the international campaign run by World Cancer Day, ‘Close the Care Gap’ is all about understanding and recognising the inequities in cancer care around the globe and fairer access to cancer treatment for all in future.

The Enable- run event will see presentations on collaborative working to better support people living with cancer. The local bodies presenting include Paul’s Cancer Centre, the Macmillan Cancer Psychological Support team at St George’s Hospital, Macmillan Benefits Team at Citizen’s Advice Wandsworth, Shine Cancer Support, Maggie's Centre in West London, Macmillan Information and Support Centres at St George’s and Chelsea and Westminster plus the two Enable Macmillan services.

If you are a health or social care professional working in SW London you are invited to come along to this event, RSVP by emailing ahead of the event.

If you are registered with a Wandsworth GP practice and would like support with your cancer diagnosis, please email

If you are living in south west London and want help to get active please email



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National Army Museum - Gallery updates, half-term fun and latest events


National Army Museum Logo
Lynx helicopter

Exciting gallery updates

Over the next two years, we're refreshing our permanent galleries to better tell the story of Our Army and the soldiers who have served in it. The programme starts with Army gallery, which will close on 26 January and re-open in late Spring 2022.



Opel car in the Foe to Friend exhibition

Foe to Friend

Extended to 2024


More than a million British soldiers have lived and served in Germany over the past 75 years. Follow their evolution from conquerors and occupiers to allies and friends.

Tank commander Corporal Matty Hall of D Squadron, The Queen's Royal Hussars, c2018

The Last Hussar

Until 6 February 2022


Don't miss the chance to explore this display of photography by Tobias Wilkinson documenting the daily life of the last British tank soldiers to leave Germany.

British Sherman tanks advancing from Nijmegen in the Netherlands towards the German town of Kleve, c1945

Brothers in Arms

Until 6 May 2022


Follow the story of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, an elite British tank regiment whose men fought their way across North-West Europe in 1944-45.

James Holland in the Brothers in Arms exhibition

Brothers in Arms: Virtual Tour

10 February 2022, 12.00pm


Join author, historian and curator of the Brother in Arms exhibition, James Holland, for this special virtual tour.


Battlefield Tours

Capture of the Jingling Johnny by the 88th Foot at Salamanca, 1812

Virtual Battlefield Tour: Salamanca

23 February 2022, 7.30pm

£10.00 (£8.00 for members)

Our monthly series continues with a tour of the battlefield of Salamanca, the scene of one of Wellington's most famous victories. Patrick Mercer and Dan Hill use a blend of digital mapping technology and original artefacts to bring the story to life.


Lunchtime Talks

Captain Robert Parker, c1720

Captain Robert Parker and the Royal Irish Regiment

4 February 2022, 12.00pm


Justin Saddington explores the life of Captain Robert Parker, a remarkable soldier and chronicler of war.


Strick: Tank Hero of Arras

11 February 2022, 12.00pm


Tim Strickland charts the rise of his father, Major-General EVM Strickland, through the ranks of the British Army.

'The Searchers' book cover

The Searchers: The Quest for the Lost of the First World War

18 February 2022, 12.00pm


Robert Sackville-West tells the story of Britain’s century-long search to recover, identify and honour the missing soldiers of the First World War

1st Reserve Regiment of Cavalry in training, 1914

Kicking and Screaming: The Amalgamation and Mechanisation of the Cavalry

25 February 2022, 12.00pm


Dick Taylor investigates how the British cavalry was transformed into a mechanised force between the world wars.


US Army Heritage

American M1 Abrams main battle tank, 1991

The Gulf War

8 February 2022, 6.00pm


Delivered in partnership with the US Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), this special online event brings together British and American service people who fought in the Gulf War (1990-91) and showcases USAHEC's latest exhibition on the conflict.


Family Fun

Children at a craft workshop


16 - 18 February 2022


Put your map-making and map-reading skills to the test in this interactive family workshop. Will you complete the challenge and get your troops to safety?

Storyteller Wendy Shearer

Anansi Tales

16 February 2022


Wendy Shearer brings to life stories of Anansi, the part-spider part-man African folk hero, who inspired the emblem of the 81st West African Division.


From the Shop

'British Forces in Germany: The Lived Experience' book cover

British Forces in Germany


Get a copy of this illustrated history of the British Armed Forces in Germany, examining the experiences of soldiers and their families.


Tank Mug


Pick up a mug featuring a selection of classic British Army tanks in chronological order. Perfect for the tank (and tea) lover in your life.


Baker Street Quarter Partnership - News of the Quarter


Help Enhance The Security And Resilience Of The Quarter At Our Tabletop Event
If you're in a security role or are responsible for developing business continuity and crisis response plans, make sure you're signed up for our Tabletop session on 9 March 2022. With a focus on emergency planning and crisis management, it's a great opportunity to work with those in similar roles elsewhere in the Quarter and help enhance the security and resilience of our area.
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Celebrate The Lunar New Year
Taiwanese restaurant Din Tai Fung opens at Selfridges today, just in time to celebrate  Lunar New Year on Tuesday 1 February...
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Made In Marylebone
Looking for catering or a lunch for your staff, or do you need meeting room space? Local charity the Marylebone Project is here to help...
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New Year, New Skills

We have a host of training opportunities coming up for BakerStreetQ members, from Mental Health First Aid to IOSH Health & Safety...

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Etna Coffee Pandoro Donation
Baker Street-based authentic Sicilian street food cafΓ©, Etna Coffee, donated 30 large pandoros, an Italian sweet bread, to local charity FoodCycle Marylebone...
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Slow Flow and Words
Journalling and yoga with Laurie and Gemma
4 February, 19.00 - 20.30 
Diversity & Inclusion
Creating a more equal workplace
24 February, 10.00 - 13.00
Women Of The Past
A virtual tour marking International Women's Day
1 March, 12.30 - 13.30
Tabletop Exercise

Emergency planning and crisis management training

9 March, 9.30 - 11.30
Understanding Sleep
...and how to get more of it! 
18 March, 19.00 - 20.00
Environment Awareness

An IEMA-approved training course

30 March, 9.30 - 17.00
Weekly Spotlight: Trishna
We are thrilled to welcome one of London’s finest restaurants, Michelin-starred Trishna, to Baker Street Regulars. Trishna is offering regulars a generous 10% off your total bill any day of the week, with the exclusion of private dining bookings and certain key dates. Make sure you add a note to your reservation if you plan to use the discount.
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Did you know?
London's celebrations of Chinese New Year (also known as the Lunar New Year) are the world's largest of their kind outside Asia. 1 February 2022 marks the start of the Year of the Tiger!