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Cancer survivors: Group-based

Is the HOPE course for you?

The HOPE cancer survivors course is an interactive, group-based, self-management support course, which runs for 6 weeks, with each weekly session lasting 2.5 hours for groups of between 8 and 12 participants. The course has been developed by Coventry University and Macmillan Cancer Support.   There is no cost to attend the course.

Self-management is beneficial in many different ways. If you are the kind of person who benefits from the support of others HOPE is ideal for you. HOPE facilitators go through a training programme but more importantly they have either been personally affected by cancer or are a cancer health professional.  The HOPE course provides  a supportive, friendly group setting which will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to cope with many of  the frustrations, fears and sense of isolation that living with and surviving  cancer can bring.  The course deals with: 


•    Goal setting and action planning
•    Looking for solutions to problems
•    Stress management (e.g. mindfulness and relaxation)
•    Fatigue management
•    Identifying your strengths
•    Becoming more positive, grateful and appreciating life more
•    Healthy lifestyles (e.g. eating more healthily and physical activity)
•    Prioritising the important things in life
•    Fear of cancer recurrence
•    Body image and sexuality and intimacy
•    Communication skills

All of these techniques have been shown through research to have a positive impact on the health and well-being of people living with and affected by cancer. You can try out some of the  HOPE course activities by clicking on DIY HOPE.

 

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How does HOPE help?

After attending HOPE courses participants feel:

  • More confident and motivated
  • Less depressed and anxious
  • More relaxed
  • More positive about the future
  • More happy
  • Less tired

 

What do people say after attending a HOPE course?

 

“... I didn’t see a future. I found that coming each week to the HOPE course and you get to know the people and they give you support and friendship and the goal setting and being positive from being in a black tunnel you suddenly can see the light at the end.” (Cancer survivor)

“To chat and laugh, and exchange worries and hopes, has been helpful. I certainly have a more positive outlook. Thank you for inviting me to take part.” (Cancer survivor)

"You feel you have helped somebody through what can be really difficult and dark times, and seeing them almost kind of flourish over the weeks.  And I think for some people it’s just the start, and that’s kind of the kick start perhaps that they needed, and they’ve got further work to do, but yeah just a privilege really to be part of it." (Cancer Nurse Specialist, facilitator)

"I found the goal setting helped participants to achieve what they wanted and to see that on their faces to be able to share and couple of them felt confident enough to share their embarrassing moments as well.  The course gives people hope, that okay they’ve got this cancer in their life,  but there are lots of other things to think about and move on". (Cancer survivor, facilitator)

 

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