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Physical Activity

There is good evidence that being physically active can be a very positive way of managing both the physical and psychological effects of cancer. This may not necessarily mean getting out the trainers and going for a five mile jog! Even a small increase in physical activity can make you feel better.

In this section we provide information about resources which may prove helpful.

Wales National Exercise Referral Scheme
Local Exercise and Support Groups
Physical therapies
Macmillan Cancer Support ‘Move More’

Wales National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS)

The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) enables GPs and other health professionals to refer patients to a structured exercise programme that will help them to improve their health. The scheme normally takes the form of a 16 week programme in a local leisure centre where participants can train with a fully qualified exercise professional who provides advice and support on becoming more active. Patients can take part in a variety of activities such as walking, aquafit classes or gym sessions.

North Wales is currently one of three pilot sites across Wales for a partnership project between NERS and Macmillan Cancer Support. The aim of the project is to ensure that local exercise professionals have the necessary training to support cancer patients. Cancer health professionals and GPs are also being encouraged to refer cancer patients to the scheme.

If you are interested in being referred to an exercise programme please ask a member of your healthcare team. For more information about the partnership project with Macmillan Cancer Support, please contact:

Joanne Garzoni
Macmillan Lead Physiotherapist for North Wales
01978-725411
joanne.garzoni@wales.nhs.uk

Local Exercise and Support Groups

These local groups have been set up specifically to encourage cancer patients to take part in physical activity, both during and after treatment. They also provide an opportunity to meet other people who may have been through a similar experience.

Actif Woods Wales woodland activities

Every Thursday 1.00 – 3.00pm, Alyn Waters Country Park, Wrexham
Macmillan Cancer Support has teamed up in Wrexham with Actif Woods Wales and the NHS to organise a series of free woodland walking and activity sessions starting at Alyn Waters Country Park.
There is a weekly programme of woodland activities. Each session will start with a themed walk and some weeks will be followed by a woodland craft activity such as willow weaving. Ideas for future sessions may include Tai Chi, bushcraft, green woodworking and other crafts).
This is suitable if you have or are recovering from cancer. You are welcome to bring a family member, friend or carer. Please bring suitable clothes and footwear.

Places are limited so if you want to book a free place or for more information or a programme please contact:
Anne Brenchley
07530 761743
actifwoodswrexham@smallwoods.org.uk

Prestatyn walking group

The second Thursday of each month at 1pm, meeting at the Nova Centre, Prestatyn. Everybody is welcome to join this gentle walk for people affected by cancer.
Walking is one of the easiest ways to become more physically active. We know that physical activity is good for people living with cancer. So we’ve teamed up with the NHS, Ramblers and Denbighshire County Council to organise regular gentle walks along the Prestatyn coastal pathway. This walk is suitable if you have or are recovering from cancer. You are welcome to bring a family member, friend or carer. We finish with coffee / tea in a café.

For further information contact:
Katrina Day
01745 356 197
Katrina.day@denbighshire.gov.uk

Caernarfon Exercise and Support Group

Every Tuesday at 2.00pm Arfon Tennis Centre, Caernarfon.
The Group, organised in partnership with the Wales Exercise Referral Team, provides an exercise class designed for people affected by cancer, both during and after treatment. If you are feeling alone and would like to meet with others but do not want to do the exercise you can join the Group for a cup of tea and a chat at 3.00pm. The classes are run by instructors who are trained in cancer rehabilitation. All are welcome!

For further information contact:
Debbie Jones
01286 676 945
debbielynnjones@gwynedd.gov.uk

Tywyn Exercise and Support Group

Every Wednesday at 10.00am Bro Dysnni Leisure Centre, High Street, Tywyn, Gwynedd, LL36 9AD
The Group, organised in partnership with the Wales Exercise Referral Team, provides an exercise class designed for people affected by cancer, both during and after treatment. If you are feeling alone and would like to meet with others but do not want to do the exercise you can join the Group for a cup of tea and a chat at 11.00am. The classes are run by instructors who are trained in cancer rehabilitation. All are welcome!

For further information contact:
Rachael
01654 710 167

Physical Therapies

Some physical therapies such as Yoga and Tai Chi use very gentle movements and mental exercises that can prove particularly beneficial for some cancer patients. The Wrexham Lymphoedema Group holds regular Tai Chi classes and participants have found them to be very beneficial.

Your GP or Local Council may be able to help you find a local class to suit your needs.

Macmillan Cancer Support ‘Move More’

Macmillan Cancer Support produces an excellent information pack called ‘Move More’. The pack recognises that people affected by cancer may feel quite nervous about increasing physical activity but offers useful guidance for both during and after treatment. ‘Move More’ can be ordered free of charge from Macmillan Cancer Support:

FREEPHONE 0808 808 00 00

Order your Move more pack here now

Copies of the pack may also be available at your local Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre.

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