The Being You Centre

We’re here to help you get back to feeling like yourself again.

When you’re living with a life-limiting illness, you can experience physical, psychological, emotional or social issues which mean that you don’t quite feel like you. We can help.

We’ll always treat you as an individual. We’ll take the time to listen to you and your concerns, and work with you to help you overcome them. Everyone’s needs are different, and we’ll tailor your care to your own individual needs.

What happens at The Being You Centre?

The Being You Centre at Heald Green, Little Hulton and The Neil Cliffe Centre will now be offering virtual services online or over the phone to patients and families.

When people need it, we can also see people safely in-person at our outpatients unit in Heald Green. We’ve made these changes to protect patients and reduce the risk of spread of Covid-19.

We understand that you may feel worried about what to expect. The centre is a warm and friendly place full of people who are committed to giving you the best care and support possible, whatever that means for you.

When you first get in touch with us, you’ll have a telephone or video appointment to discuss your condition and any concerns you have within a safe, confidential environment. Following this assessment, you may be referred to some of our specialist services, depending on your needs, wishes and goals. We can also give you some IT support to help you access our virtual services, if you need it.

What services does the centre offer?

The services we provide for you will depend on your own individual needs, and may include:

❀ Pain and symptom advice
❀ Physiotherapy
❀ Occupational therapy
❀ Social worker support
❀ Carer support
❀ Exercise
❀ Fatigue advice
❀ Breathlessness advice
❀ Relaxation advice
❀ Lymphoedema care
❀ Psychological and emotional support
❀ Creative therapy
❀ Music therapy
❀ Social activities

Creative therapy online

You might like to watch our range of creative therapy videos online too. We use these videos alongside our virtual creative therapy sessions.

Ruth, our Creative Therapist, shares video tutorials for how to make some of our most popular crafts and activities. They are free for anyone to watch, so you can follow along in your own home or share with anyone you think might benefit from them.

You can watch them on our YouTube channel here.

Who is the Being You Centre for?

We’re here for people aged 18 and above who have a cancer or non-cancer life-limiting illness, whose needs cannot be fully met by other health and social care professionals.

We provide specialist palliative care for patients at all stages of their illness. The sooner we’re involved, the more we can help.

Our services are for people in the Greater Manchester area, and our Being You Centres are in Heald Green, Little Hulton and The Neil Cliffe Centre.

All our services are free of charge. You can refer yourself to our services, or a healthcare professional can make a referral on your behalf.

How can I find out more?

Get in touch to ask any questions about our services or discuss any concerns. We can also give you a virtual tour of The Being You Centre and the opportunity to talk to members of our teams.

Find out how to contact us.

Brian Hughes is 65 and has been living with chronic heart disease for around 22 years. He’s recently been referred to The Being You Centre.

I’ve enjoyed it so much and I’ve met lots of people in the same boat as me. The Creative Therapist, Ruth, encouraged me to try some crafts. It’s very relaxing and you can’t help but have a laugh. I see the hospice doctors when I’m here, and I find it helpful to get their advice and opinions on my treatment. I also see the Occupational Therapist who helps me with advice for when I’m at home, and I take part in the Energise exercise group. If you’re referred to The Being You Centre, don’t worry, it’s a perfectly relaxed environment. It’s not a frightening experience, not by a long way. You’re the main person to them, it’s what you want that counts and your family are made to feel just as important. I’ve enjoyed it very much. Brian Hughes, Patient at The Being You Centre

Making a referral

If you feel someone may benefit from the services provided by St Ann’s, this page will give you a quick guide to referring them to us.