Getting Glasgow City Council Staff to Move More

MM glasgow eventA few weeks ago the Move More Glasgow team joined the Glasgow City Council Health Roadshows to tell staff from Glasgow City Council about the physical activity programmes available in their area. As well as having an information stand to tell people about the Move More Glasgow programme (which offers anyone affected by cancer a menu of opportunities to become more active), a health walk was on offer around the streets of Glasgow and one of the Level 4 cancer rehab instructors led a few 15 minute taster sessions.

The staff could gather information about the services for personal use but also to pass onto family, friends, colleagues and clients. In addition to information about Move More there were also representatives from the Macmillan@Glasgow Libraries Information and Support services, Healthy Work Lives and staff could take part in other activities including getting a hand massage and having their cholesterol checked.

Overall this was a great way of telling the staff at Glasgow City Council what is available to them and their clients in Glasgow. By putting on this event it gave council members and influential others a demonstration of the fantastic programme. Events like this can gather support, volunteers and potentially funding opportunities so if it sounds like something your project could benefit from why not plan one?

The team will be joining the health roadshow on their next stop around Glasgow in a few weeks and we look forward to hearing more about how they raise the profile of the Move More Glasgow programme.

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Guest piece: Ian’s story

IanRigbyHomeI was diagnosed with a rectal cancer in 2003 when I was 52 years old, unfortunately the cancer was well advanced and had spread to other parts of my body including the liver. After over a year of treatment including operations, chemo and radiotherapy I returned to my job as a Head teacher. The treatment left me with a colostomy and in a poor physical condition.Before the illness I was very fit, my main teaching subjects were P.E. and science, I ran and played volleyball regularly.Whilst recovering I joined a walking group called “Action for Life” located in the Tandridge area of Surrey. At first I could barely walk a few hundred metres but the leaders were helpful and encouraging and I slowly improved. When I retired from teaching in 2006  I trained as a leader and the group became “Walking for Health”, all the leaders are trained and have first aid knowledge,we are now linked to the Ramblers, YMCA and Macmillan. I lead two walks a week although the programme we offer has a walk nearly every day. All the walks are carefully planned and risk assessed and can be up to 3 miles in length. Walking on a regular basis both prevents and aids recovery from illness but one of the greatest benefits is the social side; several walkers with mental health issues often comment on how it has helped them.We regularly have between twenty and thirty walkers and they all agree it has helped them health wise, socially and in reducing stress. I have always felt that if you think you can do something you probably can! By the way I am back playing volleyball.

Ian Rigby

Dorset Living Well Active is now live!

We are excited to announce that The Dorset Living Well Active Project new website is now live livingwellactive.org , providing a ‘shopfront’ for the activities, events, learning and support opportunities on offer. Once a person living with cancer has registered as a member on the site they are able to view a dedicated activity/service information page. There will also be news, events and testimonials which will be promoted through the site and social media. Watch this space for developments on the project!

Do you use online tools to help you get yourself or other people moving more and aware of the benefits to physical activity? Tweet us @Macmovemore we’d love to see what like minded individuals are doing.

MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENT FOR AFTER CANCER EXERCISE

We are extremely pleased to announce that Tottenham Hotpur Foundation’s Macmillan After Cancer Exercise (ACE) programme reached a milestone this week when the 100th participant was referred on to the 12 week programme, delivered as part of the Club’s commitment to fighting cancer. Run by the Foundation’s specialist cancer rehabilitation instructors, anyone living with and beyond cancer in Haringey or Enfield can easily access the free exercise sessions, available on either a group or one-to-one basis at selected Fusion Leisure Centres.

Differing considerably from typical exercise sessions offered by local gyms, Macmillan ACE gives people affected by cancer the support and motivation to be active, focusing on gentle exercises that promote a steady progression. Through a combination of cycling, walking, circuits, aerobics, zumba and tai-chi to strengthen the body, progress is monitored over a 12 week period where participants are encouraged to reach personal goals.

Zohret was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. After chemotherapy and radiotherapy she had a mastectomy to remove her left breast. When the cancer came back in her right breast in 2013 she had a second mastectomy, resulting in lots of pain in her arms and feelings of depression. This is Zohret’s story:

“In October 2014 I was referred on to the ACE programme. Initially, I felt self conscious and very shy about the idea of exercising in public. But, when I realised it was doing me some good I began to force myself to go along to my weekly session. I’m now half-way through the programme and I tell everyone about it. Not only do I feel physically and emotionally stronger, I see myself more positively when I look in the mirror.

“The Macmillan ACE programme has given me hope and taught me to accept my body for how it looks after cancer. Not only has it developed my strength but the exercises have given me energy and improved my self confidence. I’m no longer taking anti-depressants and feel much better about myself emotionally.”

In 2011, Anthony was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and metastatic spinal cord compression. He was told he would never be able to walk again.

Three and a half years on from his diagnosis he is proud to say that cancer hasn’t beaten him yet, and that he is able to walk short distances. Having joined the Macmillan ACE programme through a referral from his GP, Anthony attended the Enfield sessions at Southbury Leisure Centre. Here he explains how the programme has helped him:

“I am not one for exercising on my own, so it was great to have someone to help me. The ACE programme got me out of the house and back in to some sort of shape and fitness. Not only has it been good for my health, but also my mind, confidence and positivity.

“I have loved every minute of it.”

Grant Cornwell, Chief Executive Officer, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation said,

“At Tottenham Hotspur we are committed to fighting cancer. With one in three people affected by the disease we are proud to use our place at the heart of the community to provide support to those affected by cancer, and their families.”

Since the start of the 2013/14 season, the Club has been helping to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and promoting the importance of early diagnosis through its support of major NHS campaign, Get to know cancer, which aims to save up to 1,000 lives in London each year through early diagnosis. In the future it would be great to see more footballs clubs following Tottenham Hotspurs fantastic example.

If you live in the Haringey or Enfield area and would like more information about the After Cancer Exercise programme please download a referral form from www.tottenhamhotspur.com/foundation/health and take it along to your GP or Cancer specialist nurse.