May 31st, 2013 | News | 0 Comments
A free six week course aimed at building the confidence of people who have been through treatment for cancer is being run by the Macmillan Information and Support Centre in Southport.
The HOPE (Help to Overcome Problems Effectively) course starts on Friday 14th June. The two-and-a-half hour sessions aim to bring together cancer patients to ‘meet, share, learn and get more out of life.’ The course will be run by a health professional and someone affected by cancer. Some of the topics addressed during the course are:
- Managing stress and emotional challenges
- Breathing, relaxation and physical activity
- Motivation and goal setting
- Identifying personal strengths and building confidence for the future
Mary, who completed the course after cancer treatment, says: “The HOPE course helped me to focus on the future and be positive about what lies ahead. I had been suffering from anxiety and wish I’d found something like this months before.”
Sue Summerfield, Macmillan Information Centre Manager and one of the course leaders, explains: “Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face but people don’t have to go through it alone. The HOPE course emphasises the strengths people already possess and looks at how to make the most of them. It can play an important role in helping people who are living with cancer to find new ways to regain confidence and manage stress and emotional difficulties.”
Hope course details:
When: Friday 14th June and will take place on six consecutive Fridays (12th June – 19th July) from 10am – 12.30pm
Where: All sessions will be held at the Community Service Station, Scarisbrick Ave, Southport, PR8 1NW
For further information about the course, please contact Sue or Sarah on or drop in to the Macmillan Information Centre, Community Service Station, 23-35 Scarisbrick Avenue, PR8 1NW (opening hours 10am – 4.30pm Monday-Friday).