Macmillan Move More Wandsworth
Updated: 04 January 2021
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Move More Wandsworth
Move More Wandsworth is a physical activity service designed to support people living with and beyond cancer become more active.
It’s been proven that taking part in physical activity during and after cancer treatment is safe and has many long term benefits. This includes reducing consequences of treatment, such as fatigue and the risk of developing other conditions such as osteoporosis and diabetes. Lots of people also tell us that physical activity helps them take back control and feel more like their old self.
Our service is continuing to support people living with cancer to get active and is open to new referrals. It is more important than ever to engage in regular physical activity for our physical and mental health. The pandemic has been particularly challenging for people living with cancer, however physical activity can help people deal with the stress, anxiety and uncertainty that many will be feeling during this time. In addition, physical activity is proven to improve health outcomes and quality of life for people living with and beyond cancer.
As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, we continue to deliver our service predominantly remotely. All initial consultations and follow-up appointments are done over the phone or via Zoom. We then have the following support available to cater for different technology capabilities:
- Personalised home programmes sent via email or post.
- More Move packs, including a home-based exercise DVD.
- A WhatsApp group and opportunities to chat with other participants after classes.
- Regular phone calls providing support and physical activity advice.
- Virtual activity sessions via Zoom led by a specialist instructor.
- Socially distanced outdoor activity classes in Tooting led by a specialist instructor.
Move More has supported patients throughout the first lockdown. Here are some examples of how our support has helped people during the pandemic:
“Move More has made me positive about myself. They assessed me and gave me confidence of what I was capable of achieving with my illness. As time moved forward, they have consistently checked on me and my well-being at the different stages. I would have not known what amount of exercise I could do without their help and expertise.”
“I need the structure and activity; it’s saving my life!”
“The service has really helped me. Can’t say thank you enough.”
The service is open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis in Wandsworth, Merton or Sutton, regardless of when the diagnosis was made. We offer one to one consultations with physical activity specialists who can offer tailored support.
We understand that increasing activity during and after cancer treatment can be very difficult and things like fatigue, pains and lack of confidence can create barriers. During consultations our aim is to help you increase your motivation and overcome personal barriers. We do this by helping you create an activity plan which is relevant to your goals, for some people this might be something simple like being able to walk to the shop without getting tired.
We also share information that might be helpful including information about available activities and advice on how to increase physical activity safely and effectively. We then offer motivational support for 12 months, one to one consultations are available to you throughout this time to ensure you continue to progress. The service starts with an informal chat, there is no pressure to join any specific activities or do anything you do not feel ready or able to do. Our aim is to help you improve your health and wellbeing in a way that is right for you. All initial consultations and follow-up appointments are currently done over the phone or via Zoom
Personalised Care in Cancer Rehabilitation Award
In 2019, Move More Wandsworth was awarded first prize for Best Personalised Care in Cancer Rehabilitation in the London and West Essex Region. Liz Price, Associate Director of Transforming Cancer Services Team and one of the competition judges, said:
“Move More Wandsworth was a wonderful service to learn about. We loved hearing how it is delivered flexibly over time, locations, and is not prescriptive. It was great to see evidence that patients felt involved in goal setting and decision making, and that they felt empowered and listened to. We need more physical activity services delivered like this!”
Lots of our participants tell us that Move More has made a huge difference to their lives. Many have told us that they feel fitter, healthier and more positive as a result of taking part. Here are a few of our Move More participants stories.
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To join Move More, please contact our Move More Advisor, Marguerite Larvin, on 020 3959 0039 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org