Paul's Cancer Support Centre started life in 1983 as the Battersea Cancer Support Group in the lounge of a flat on Battersea Rise. It was the first cancer support group in London, and was set up by Rachael Clyne and Roger Potter, a young couple who had just gone through the shock of Roger's cancer diagnosis.
Small premises were found near Wandsworth Town and the initial services offered included group work, counselling, relaxation and visualisation.
Over the years, the Centre has developed new initiatives and projects so that it can better meet the needs of people with cancer and their families.
Below are some of the milestones in the Centre's history:
1989 - move to premises on the 1st floor of the Battersea Central Mission in York Road, Battersea
1994 - publication of the booklet Massage for People with Cancer by Patricia McNamara. With its guidelines for practitioners, the booklet contributed to the current acceptance and provision of massage for people with cancer by mainstream health services
1995 - setting up of the Macmillan Cancer Information Service
1995 - setting up of the Home Visiting Service, which sends skilled volunteers to visit people with cancer who are housebound
1999 - publication of Communication and Cancer which aims to assist communication between people with cancer and health professionals, and between them and their family, friends and colleagues
2000 - the Home Visiting Service won a national Award for Voluntary Endeavour, sponsored by the Nationwide Building Society
2000 - publication of Lifeline, explaining the Centre's history, ethos and the services which have been developed
2001 - publication of the Home Visiting Service Manual, which helps groups to set up similar services
2001 - setting up of the Asian Outreach and Information Project, a collaboration with Cancer Equality, which is funded by the New Opportunities Fund
2003 - publication of two booklets - Understanding and Living with Cancer and Reduce Your Cancer Risk - the first translated information in the UK in Asian languages
2003 - the Centre's 20th Anniversary
2006 - GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award - rewarding excellence in community healthcare
2008 - Coping with Cancer Stress courses started
2008 - the Centre's 25th Anniversary
2009 - move premises to Woburn House at Clapham Junction train station
2011 - move back to previous premises in York Road SW11
2013 - the Centre's 30th Anniversary