We are Lingen Davies Cancer Fund; we exist to make a positive difference to lives affected by cancer in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin & Mid Wales.
What is Get Active, Feel Good?
GAFG is a programme to support patients with a cancer diagnosis in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales to be physically active at a level that suits them. The programme offers patients one-to-one support to help start or maintain sustainable physical activity. Working with the Get Active, Feel Good Advisor can help overcome any concerns, and find suitable activities that meet the patient’s individualised needs and abilities. The programme also provides ongoing support to help maintain activity levels for 12 months.
Who can benefit from the programme?
Anyone with a cancer diagnosis can benefit from the programme, and at any stage. This can be at diagnosis, during treatment or once treatment has finished. It is not cancer site specific; physical activity can benefit any cancer site.
How does the programme work?
The programme works be initially gaining a referral from a member of your clinical team (usually your CNS) or via other cancer services. Patients can self-refer into the programme (the form is available at the bottom of this page); if you do this, a referral will be made back to your CNS to make sure your treatment and support is joined up. Once a referral has been made, an initial consultation is booked with the Get Active, Feel Good Advisor. This is done at either Shrewsbury or Telford hospital for the time being, but we are looking for more venues out in the community. During the initial consultation, the advisor will help you plan safe and effective activity that meets your personal needs and abilities.
How does physical activity benefit people with cancer?
Being physically active has been proven to be safe and effective for people with cancer. It can help with side effects of treatment including:
These are just a few of the ways that physical activity might help you. It can also reduce the risk of recurrence in some cancers.
What restrictions are there?
There are no restrictions or exclusions to being referred to the GAFG programme. If you have a cancer diagnosis and live in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin or Mid Wales we would be happy to help and support you.
So I’ve got to join a gym?
No, not at all! This is about finding activities that you enjoy and that fit into your lifestyle.
Is this part of my treatment?
Physical activity can be considered as part of your treatment. It can have many positive effects and also helps to manage the side effects of other treatments you may be receiving.
When can I access the service?
The programme is currently running on Tuesdays in Telford and Wednesdays in Shrewsbury, although we are working on expanding the programme into more venues and make more days available.
You can self-refer to the programme. If you are living with cancer and feel the team could help you, the referral form is available to download here
You can find out more by contacting the Get Active, Feel Good team directly on email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07543 827531.
Funding for this project is being raised as part of our 40th Anniversary Appeal. You can find out more about the appeal here
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