The Lodge HOPE programme

Life can be tough when you are living with cancer or even after treatment ends. No one should have to face these feelings alone. The programme ‘Help to Overcome Problems Effectively’ (HOPE) can help you to get more out of life.

What is HOPE?

HOPE is a licensed programme developed by Coventry University and Macmillan Cancer Support to help people who have had / or have cancer to get on with their lives. It is an interactive, group based, self-management support programme, which runs for 6 weeks, with each weekly session lasting 2.5 hours. It is for groups of between 6 and 10 and is free to attend.

The sessions are run by trained HOPE facilitators who work within Cancer Services.

Who is it for?

Adults, aged 18 and over, who are coming to the end of treatment / surgery or have recently completed it. Anyone living with and beyond cancer.

How will the programme benefit you?

The programme concentrates on focusing and rediscovering your inner strengths and resilience to help you cope emotionally, psychologically and practically. Time is spent in facilitated discussions, group activities, information sharing and tools for you to try at home in between each session.

The programme deals with:

  • Becoming more positive, grateful and appreciating life more
  • Goal setting and action planning, looking for solutions to problems
  • Fatigue management
  • Identifying your strengths
  • Healthy lifestyles (e.g. eating well and moving more)
  • Prioritising the important things in life
  • Fear of cancer recurrence
  • Body image and sexuality and intimacy
  • Communication skills

HOPE can help you:

  • Regain your confidence so you feel more like yourself
  • Use relaxation techniques for your mind and body
  • Cope with anger, anxiety, depression and uncertainty
  • Handle stressful situations
  • Plan for your future
  • Use your potential to make the most of your life

During the COVID-19 pandemic we are not able to hold HOPE programme face-to face so have two options – Digital HOPE or Virtual HOPE.

Digital HOPE (iHOPE)

The online version of the six week programme provides digital support for people with a long term condition, helping them to cope better, feel more in control and be more resilient.

We ask that you commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week, at a time that suits you.

Virtual HOPE programme with The Lodge

This online programme will run through Microsoft Teams and is facilitated by Jenny and Adele from The Lodge. The programme will be for 6 weeks and will be on a set time and day of the week.

Digital vs Virtual

There are two online versions of the HOPE programme available, but you may be asking how do they differ?

Digital HOPE

  • Delivered online via iHOPE
  • Self-paced over 6 weeks
  • Access 24/7 for the 6 weeks
  • Recommended commitment of 2 hours per week
  • Delivered by at least 2 facilitators
  • Online chat, group forums, private messaging
  • Option to upload media

Virtual HOPE

  • Delivered online using Microsoft Teams
  • Live course (set dates and times)
  • Can only access course at set times
  • Commitment of 2 hours per week for 6 weeks (times may differ e.g. 2 x 1 hour slots per week)
  • Delivered by at least 2 facilitators
  • Live communication using audio and webcam

Both courses require:

  • Internet access
  • Use of the computer / laptop / smartphone

Macmillan iHOPE

To register your interest in the iHOPE programme visit

The Lodge HOPE programme

For more information on Cancer focused virtual HOPE programmes please contact The Lodge.

Tel: 01803 656490
Email: The Lodge Cancer Support and Information Centre

Other HOPE programmes

The Trust holds a number of HOPE courses on various health conditions and subjects. For further details, see our HOPE programme pages.