Macmillan Move More at LAL
We are incredibly proud to announce that we have officially launched ourr Macmillan Move More partnership this week which promises to deliver a programme of activity specifically designed for people affected by cancer. The partnership follows a successful funding application which has allowed us to commit to the programme for a period of 3 years. The £173K grant from Macmillan will fund two full-time staff and all of the project delivery costs.
Move More Scotland is part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s national campaign to ensure that people living with cancer are supported to become physically active before, during and after their treatment. Evidence shows that being active can play a vital role in helping to prevent a recurrence of cancer. It can also slow disease progression as well as reducing the side effects and consequences of cancer treatment, such as fatigue. Please see the Physical Exercise and Cancer pdf from Macmillan here >>
Now, here in Perth & Kinross the project will be delivered by LAL and supported by a steering group of a number of partners, including NHS Tayside, who have a stake in the development of the service for local people.
The programme of physical activity is individually tailored and consists of 12 free sessions which are designed to help people with cancer to become, and stay, active at a level that’s right for them. That could mean gardening, joining a walking group, taking part in Gentle Movement classes or supervised gym-based programmes. Move More is about providing opportunities for people to get moving in an enjoyable way that suits their lifestyle.
- Gym based sessions and circuit sessions are active in: Perth and Kinross
- Walking groups are currently active in: Perth, Kinross and Crieff.
These sessions are constantly expanding with the programme as are our gardening sessions where we tie in with local community gardening groups.
The programme offers walking groups led by trained volunteers throughout Perth and Kinross, as well as personalised gym sessions and circuit classes. Gentle Movement sessions and gardening sessions will become available soon. Although aimed primarily at Cancer patients, the initiative also encourages friends, family and carers to join in with some sessions.
Colin Melville, our Wellbeing Manager commented, “There are now many studies proving the positive effects and benefits that exercise can have on pre and post cancer treatment in relation to an individual's health and reducing the impact of side effects.
To be in a position where we can commit to offer the people of Perth and Kinross access to expert advice and services is extremely important and represents a significant step forward in assisting those members of our communities living with cancer and the aftermaths of treatment. I am encouraged greatly by the progress that our Move More team has already made and would invite anyone who feels they may benefit to get in touch.”