Support organisations

Paul Popham Fund, Renal Support Wales aims to improve the quality of life of renal patients in Wales. The Fund has been inspired by Paul Popham’s unrelenting optimism in the face of renal disease to raise funds and work with renal units/centres to develop initiatives and purchase items that help to improve the health, wellbeing and welfare of renal patients. Read more here.

International Kidney Cancer Coalition (IKCC) is an independent and democratic network of patient support and advocacy organisations established with the mission of improving the quality of life of patients and their families living with kidney cancer. IKCC provides information, support and assistance to national kidney cancer organisations. All organisations are welcome to participate. Read more about the IKCC here.

Smart Patients is an online community where patients and their families learn from each other. It is a worldwide community, but dominated by the Americans. Join the Smart Patients community here.

cancercaremap.org is an online directory that helps people find cancer care and support services in their local area. People with cancer, their friends and family can either search for a service or can browse the types of services available. It uses stories and videos to show how the services have benefited other people living with cancer and sign-posts services across the country whether they are charity funded, community based or NHS led. Click here to visit the cancercare.org website.

Samaritans provides confidential support to people in distress and offer a safe place to turn. They support anyone who needs them through their branches and via the telephone, at any time of day, every day of the year. They talk about difficult issues, and are not judgmental. Click here to find out more.

Bereavement Care understands the confusion and distress that can surround people when a loved one dies. They offer clear, concise information to make a stressful time more bearable. Find out more here.

Counselling Directory is a confidential service that encourages those in need to seek help. People can visit the website, enter their postcode and find a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist nearby who specialises in the area of need, such as bereavement, depression, stress, carer support and cancer. All counsellors are members of a relevant professional body. This site also serves as an information hub for people to read mental health-related articles and news, as well as to find local events. Visit Counselling Directory here.

Kidney Cancer Canada have published a list of useful questions to ask your doctor before you have surgery for kidney cancer, and questions to ask as you learn more about kidney cancer. Visit their website here.

Dog Owner has a very interesting blog on their website titled ‘How dogs can help with mental health – Mind boosting benefits of dog ownership’. This guide informs readers of the incredible benefits of owning a dog. Read the blog here.

Living Well UK are offering free talking therapies for people within the Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) locality. Patients need to be referred by their GP for this service. Living Well offers qualified practitioners who offer talking therapy to support patients who are suffering anxiety and or depression as a result of their long term condition. Visit their website here.