Move More Aberdeen hit the significant milestone of 100 referrals this September, roughly 9-months after the doors opened to people affected by cancer. There has been fantastic support locally from NHS health professionals, patient groups, CLAN Cancer Support and Maggies support centres and others. Approximately 70% of these 100 referrals came from health professionals and 30% from self-referrals.
Those who have attended Move More Aberdeen activity groups have gained real benefits such as improved fitness, a speedier return to work, greater confidence and an improved ability to cope with the side-effects of treatment, (both physical and emotional), and people affected by cancer continuing with long-term independent physical activity.
Move More Aberdeen is still in its infancy, and these referrals represent the first shoots of growth for the programme – plenty of feeding, nurturing and pruning needs to be done! (Yes, a garden group as part of the Move More Aberdeen programme will be starting soon!) With continued hard work and support from health care professionals and other partners we hope that Move More Aberdeen will become well rooted and established, growing in strength and capacity to help more people affected by cancer to ‘Get Active and Feel Good’.