Macmillan Prevention and Re-enablement Project

LinkAge Bristol and Macmillan Cancer Support.

LinkAge is working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to do more for older people affected by cancer.         

Through the Macmillan Prevention and Re-enablement project here at LinkAge, by supporting those affected by cancer, we aim to connect them with positive and fun activities that are available across the city.

Evidence has shown that keeping active is very important for people affected by cancer. Not only can it reduce the symptoms of cancer, but it can also aid recovery and reduce the risk of occurrence too.

How do I get involved?


? If you are a cancer patient, have previously had cancer or are a carer for someone with cancer, then call us for a chat!

We will then send you an information pack which will include an activity guide and a booklet advising you on physical activity and cancer treatment. The pack will also include a registration form and a health and wellbeing evaluation form, which with your permission we can use to monitor your health and wellbeing. 

Once you have received your information pack, we advise that you take it along to your next appointment with your GP, nurse or specialist, so you can discuss with them what you’d like to do. 

If you are a healthcare professional and would like to get involved with this project, then please also give us a call. We are keen to encourage health professionals to make referrals and so will discuss how we can support you with doing this. 

What types of activity should I do?

There is no single activity that is best for everyone. We do however suggest that you choose an activity that you will enjoy and that fits in with your lifestyle. If possible, we encourage people to do a mixture of activities that improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility.

Whether it's physical exercise - something creative - or just purely social, being active and having fun with others is great for your wellbeing. 

By getting in touch, we can advise you on fun activities in your local area.

Try our Taster Tokens!

 - LinkAge and Macmillan Cancer Support are working together to support people affected by cancer. Our Taster Tokens are available for anyone affected by cancer to access up to 5 free LinkAge activities. To find out which activities are valid for the tokens, look out for the logo in our What's on Guide, posters and website. To find out more please call 0117 353 3042.


We are looking for enthusiastic people to help make a difference to people affected by cancer, by advising LinkAge on how we can best support those affected by cancer to get the most from LinkAge activities through their cancer journey.

To ensure we are providing the most suitable support to individuals, we aim to further our learning from an Advisory Group of individuals with direct experience of cancer diagnosis.

To apply to register your interest: Please contact Sally on 0117 353 3042 or email


volunteering opportunities


LinkAge and Macmillan Ambassador

Are you confident talking with new people?

Do you have experience of LinkAge activities that you'd be happy to share with others?

Would you be willing to represent us at events across the city, promoting the benefits of getting involved in activities?

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers, who will help us to ensure that people affected by cancer are welcomed and well informed about what's available at LinkAge.

To find out more or to register your interest, please call the Macmillan Prevention and Re-enablement team on 0117 353 3042. 

We are also looking for Wellbeing Event Volunteers and Outreach Event Volunteers. Get in touch to find out more!


Useful Information

Click here for useful information on Macmillan Cancer Support's partner organisations.

Watch our short video below that shows what being active can do for people affected by cancer.

LinkAge and Macmillan's Prevention and Re-enablement Project had a great feature on ITV News West Country earlier this month, exploring how exercise can help to overcome cancer. Video footage from Caron Bell on Vimeo.


Click here to read Macmillan’s ‘Top Ten Tips to Get Active and Stay Active’. 

Click here to read the personal stories of those affected by cancer, and involved in the Macmillan Prevention and Re-enablement Project.

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Frequently asked questions

What if the cancer diagnosis was many years ago - am I eligble for Taster Tokens? Yes. If you've had a diagnosis at any time then you are eligble. 

I've not had a cancer diagnosis myself, but I've lost family members to cancer - am i eligble for Taster Tokens? Yes. Our Taster Tokens are not only for those who have been diagnosed with cancer, but those who have been affected by cancer. 

Can I use the Taster Tokens at any activitiy in the What's on Guides? No. Taster Tokens are only eligble for LinkAge activities. Eligble activities are marked with a  in our What's on Guides and can also be found on the Macmillan A - Z at a Glanc