At the end of March members of the Macmillan Physical Activity team visited the Move More project in Scotland. Physical Activity Integration Manager Sarah Worbey, Physical Activity Manager for Sporting Opportunities Rhian Horlock and Northern Ireland Physical Activity Manager Diarmaid McAuley met up with Project Manager, Margaret Greer.
Move More Scotland is a Macmillan initiative designed to help people living with cancer in Scotland to remain active, both throughout their treatment and afterwards. There are four activities to choose from, all designed specifically for people affected by cancer, led or supported by volunteers. There has been huge support for the Move More Scotland programme from external organisations. Working in partnership with local authorities and leisure trusts has allowed Move More Scotland to be delivered within local community venues, sports centres and libraries. Classes and groups are free, accessible and welcoming to all – some can even be attended by carers, family or friends.
We went to see the four physical actvity opportunities on offer startng with the impressive new Macmillan allotment schemes in Bellahouston and Gartnavel. The gardens are run by volunteers who are involved in planning, sowing seeds, planting, growing and generally caring for the gardens. They also offer a cuppa and a listening ear for participants who are affected by cancer, encouraging them to get moving and signposting to other services.The walled garden and grass caterpillars were a delight to see and we were impressed with the accessible layout of the gardens which provide an area of escape, peace and tranquillity. A fundraising team corporate offer resulted in Boots managers getting involved in shaping the Victorian gardens at Provan Hall, weeding, planting the sensory herb wheel, cleaning and painting benches, all tasks identified and managed under the guidance of our lead volunteer Ian.
Next stop was a circuit class in action in the local community. These are delivered by fitness instructors with specialist training in level 4 cancer and rehabilitation. We spoke to the participant at the session who had been involved since December and was thoroughly impressed with the support from the instructor and would like to see more participants attending.
We continued our journey with a stroll around Victoria Park and set off from Whiteinch Library which also hosts a Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service. It was great to see family and carers attending the Paths for All group as well as new volunteer trained leaders. The walk was low intensity, short and sociable.
Our final destination included observing a gentle movement class at Parkhead library which was at full capacity. Gentle movement classes aligns breath and physical activity with mental and spiritual awareness. It can be practised seated, so is open to people of all ages and abilities.
With circuit classes, gentle movement, gardening and walking groups, the Move More team help participants choose an activity that’s right for them. More information about Move More Glasgow can be found here