Meet, Move and Be Me: A physical activity and social group for those living with and beyond cancer
Posted: Mon, 15 May 2017 17:00
Meet, Move and Be Me is a new service looking at improving the quality of life for those who are living with and beyond cancer. It is a dedicated weekly session at French Weir Park in Taunton every Wednesday starting7th June 3.00 to 4.00pm. This will include talks, coffee, walking, Nordic walking, Pilates, boule etc. It will be free with donations welcome to allow everyone to come along and enjoy the informal, social session with a bit of physical activity thrown in. Meet, Move and Be Me is supported by Macmillan.
The project builds on significant work with both health care professionals and people at all stages of cancer treatment and beyond.We have chosen to base this free service at the new building on the Park called Coach. Once a month we will encourage people on to the river too – canoeing, kayaking or other exciting outdoor activities such as axe throwing, team building challenges etc. as we also heard that people like some challenge as they move out of treatment into recovery – they will have control on what they try and what they don't.
Physical activity has been proven to help prevent cancer, help with the rigors of treatment and its side effects as well as reduce the risk of cancer returning in the future. It also is a natural anti-depressant, with this session being focused on social togetherness. Social isolation can be as destructive as the disease itself and can also impact on the whole family. This is why this project is for everyone connected – spouse, grandchildren, partners, even the dog!
Talks will be based on a number of areas rather than just clinical. Over time we will have others telling their stories about how they dealt with sleep, uncertainty, treatment etc. – it will be their choice. The talks will allow individuals to come along by themselves without feeling self-conscious or having to get active – they can just meet others.
The first talk is from SASPs very own Stewart Collins, who manages the project and is also living with cancer. He said,
"This is a project that is close to my own heart. Being active and being around people who are so positive has been an inspiration to me. There are things I cannot control with my diagnosis but many things that I can. Retaining my activity levels has enabled me to constantly challenge myself and remind me that the disease will not control me. It doesn't have to be a marathon, sometimes taking my dog for a walk is challenge enough, but I can promise you I feel 100 times better when I have completed it."
The Beacon Centre has given the project the thumbs up and is helping promote it to their patients alongside St Margaret's Hospice physiotherapy service.
If anyone wants to get involved or is interested in finding out more, they can come down any Wednesday between 3 and 4 pm at French Weir Park from 7th June 2017 or look at our website https://www.sasp.co.uk/macmillan-meet-move-and-be-me
For more information please contact
Stewart Collins, SASP Adult Participation Manager, on 01823 653990 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Knowles, SASP Director, on 01823 653990 or e mail email@example.com