New Course Gives HOPE to Cancer Patients

A free seven week course aimed at building the confidence of people who have been through treatment for cancer is being launched by the Macmillan Information & Support Centre, from Tuesday 6th November Called HOPE (Help to Overcome Problems Effectively), the two-and-a-half hour sessions will bring cancer patients together to ‘meet, share, learn and get more out of life.’  Among the many topics addressed during the course, which will be run by a health professional and someone affected by cancer, 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 one of the facilitators of the course, 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. This course 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.”

A special ‘taster session’ for the HOPE course will be held on Tuesday 6th November at Lakeside Christian Centre, North Promenade, Southport PR8 1RY  10am – 12.30pm ,where participants can meet others and discuss course content.

For further information about the course, please contact Sue or Sarah on 0151 288 6893 or drop in to the Macmillan Information Centre, Community Service Station, 23-35 Scarisbrick Avenue, PR8 1NW (Opening Hours 10.00 – 16.30 Monday-Friday)

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