Breast Cancer Support - supporting you

It's something we've been doing since the 1980's when one woman who'd experienced breast cancer herself began visiting others after surgery.

Breast Cancer Support Inc (BCS) has grown to become New Zealand's foremost not for profit specialising in peer support services for women experiencing breast cancer.

Our support is given by trained volunteers who have 'been there too' and can share their experiences from a positive personal perspective.

We offer Support Groups, Individual Visits (in person or on the phone), and a 365-day Help Line. If you have experienced breast cancer, recently or in the past, and need some support, please contact us. We're here, and we can help.

What is 'peer support'?


Being supported by someone who has experienced breast cancer too can be an important and valuable part of your recovery.

Our trained volunteers have had similar journeys and can relate better to what you're going through, offering an authentic empathy and understanding that those who haven't 'been there' can struggle with.

Peer support can also provide tips, tools, information, and strategies from a positive, personal experience, things that your medical professionals may not mention, or even know about. Coming from a non-professional perspective, we can help rebuild a sense of connection, community, and control that can be lost after a diagnosis of breast cancer.


Our team

Breast Cancer Support is an Incorporated Society, and a registered New Zealand Charity, governed by Officers elected annually at an Annual General Meeting.

Our current Committee is:
Co-Chair Judith Shinegold
Co-Chair/Secretary Lesley Harper
Treasurer Barbara McLean
Committee Members Jane Bunce, Jennifer Woodroofe, Melissa Allen

BCS contracts two service providers: a National Service Coordinator, and an Administrator.
National Coordinator Jane Bissell
Administrator Heather McKay

We have a team of dedicated volunteers who facilitate our support groups, meet with women individually to offer support, and who assist with fundraising events and activities.

Like to join our team? Find out more.