Move Against Cancer

ONLINE PROGRAMME

Completed by 483 young people.

Programme Overview

A FREE 8-week online building foundations programme for 13-30 year olds living with & beyond cancer.

HOW IT WORKS

WHO'S IT FOR?

Anyone aged from 13-30 living with or beyond cancer

INCLUDES

  • 8 weeks 1:1 online sessions with a Cancer Rehab Instructor
  • Personalised support and advice on your health status, individual needs & goals.
  • Links to useful resources and access to our MOVE AS ONE Facebook group
APPLY YOURSELFREFER SOMEONE ELSE

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

We know how hard it is to stay active at the best of times, let alone with a cancer diagnosis thrown into the mix.

Being diagnosed with cancer impacts the mind and the body in so many different ways that those who have not been diagnosed with cancer could never imagine.

This is why we designed our online Move Against Cancer programme to provide you with the individual support and guidance you need and deserve.

We will help you build back your confidence and get active.

SIX REASONS TO JOIN THE PROGRAM

  • Regain confidence in your body 
  • Improve your physical health 
  • Improve your mental health & well-being
  • Combat fatigue
  • Increase your energy levels
  • Reduce short & long term effects of treatment

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

All our Instructors are Level 4 Cancer Rehab Specialists

BETH BOXALL

Beth is passionate about helping people benefit from exercise they enjoy. For Move, she designs programmes for young people on the MOVE online programme, and is an Ambassador for the Rickmansworth 5K Your Way.

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HELEN MURRAY

Helen has always had an interest in health, fitness and helping others. She runs our MOVE online programme. She is also a Triathlon coach, loves outdoor adventures and hosts the ‘Inside Tri Show’ podcast.

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NATALIE HALLAS

With a background in both exercise science and health economics, Natalie brings a range of experience to her role as a MOVE instructor.

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SOPHIE GASSON

Sophie is a trained Oncology Nurse and Level 4 Cancer Rehab Instructor. She has carried out research studying the benefits of exercise in young people with cancer and supports young people on our online programme.

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FRANCESCA JAWORSKA

Francesca is a trained Oncology Nurse, a Level 4 Cancer Rehab Instructor and a 5KYW Ambassador at Hockley Woods in Essex. Francesca is passionate about promoting the benefits of exercise to all cancer patients and supports young people on MOVE’s Online Programme.

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Lindsay Montgomery

Lindsay is a registered Physiotherapist specialised in Oncology Rehabilitation. She is passionate about working to support and develop the services already available to those who have been affected by cancer.

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Sophie & Abs’ Story

Sophie and Abs have both completed the MOVE Online Programme. In this video, they share their reflections on what to expect from the programme and how it helped them to get active during and after their cancer treatment.

STEPS INVOLVED

1 REGISTER INTEREST

Refer yourself, or get referred by a Health care Professional.

2 PHONE CONSULTATION

Speak with our team to conduct a baseline health assessment

3 8-WEEK PROGRAMME

Connect weekly with your instructor and follow a personal plan

4 REFLECTION & EXIT PLAN

Reflect on progress and get an additional 4-week exercise plan

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I've never been into exercise, is this for me?

Yes, we would love to support you and help you to move more. The programme is tailored to you, so there's not really a way to 'fail' the programme, as it's designed with your abilities and goals in mind. You'll have weekly check-ins to adjust your plan to make sure it's working for you. So don't be nervous, get in touch.

I was sporty before my diagnosis. Can you help me get back to where I was?

We have supported elite footballers, runners and dancers in the past. We will focus on what you CAN do and help you to build back your fitness and strength gradually.

I have limited mobility, can I still apply?

Yes. Many people with limited mobility have taken part in the programme and experienced huge benefits from the experience.

I'm really struggling with fatigue. Won't this make me more tired?

As strange as it sounds, exercise can actually help to combat cancer related fatigue. We'll work your programme around other commitments too so you can balance out your energy.

If I apply today how soon could I start the program?

Once you've applied, one of our Cancer Rehab Instructors will contact you to arrange an initial screening call. From there, the programme can start whenever is best for you.

Is there a waiting list?

Currently, there is no waiting list, but it is crucial we have initial screening calls with you before starting any exercise programme. These calls are scheduled based on the availability of our Cancer Rehab Instructors.

I'm nervous I won't pass the baseline health assessment?

The baseline health assessment is just a means of helping us understand where you are and what capabilities you currently have to help us tailor a program for you, it's not something you pass or fail at.

I don’t have access to zoom, a gym or sports facility, is that a problem?

That's not a problem. We can design exercise programmes that can be done in your own home in your own time, via a Zoom call, as well as at the gym. Whatever works for you.

How does the free PureGym Membership work?

We're proud to partner with PureGym to provide free PureGym membership to all the young people for the duration of their 8 week exercise programme.

Who delivers the 8 week programme?

Your initial contact will be from Sophie Gasson or Helen Murray. After that, you will be supported through the programme by one of our Cancer Rehab Instructors: Helen Murray, Sophie Gasson, Beth Boxall, Natalie Hallas, Lindsay Montgomery and Francesca Jaworska. We have a small but dedicated team, all of them are trained in cancer and exercise rehabilitation.

Do you provide nutritional support?

MOVE Cancer Rehab Instructors are not registered dieticians, however we can provide advice around healthy eating.

Can you offer any face-to-face support?

Not through the online programme, but our 5k Your Way groups meet face-to-face. We are proud to provide online support to break down barriers, so we can help any young person affected by cancer in the UK and NI, no matter where they live and no matter their socio-economic background.

Do you support people with late effects?

We can support up to 3 years post-treatment. After that period, we can signpost to our other services and areas of support, 5K Your Way and our educational resources.

Can you deliver a workshop about physical activity?

Yes, our team is highly experienced at speaking at Health Care Professional conferences about the role of physical activity and delivering interactive sessions to young people and/or Health Care Professionals. Just get in touch with the team.

What support is there after the MOVE Programme?

Each young person receives a digital Exit Pack at the end of the 8 week programme with guidance for how to continue with their routine. They are also signposted to other support and receive a follow-up call at week 10 and week 12, if required.

Can I do the MOVE programme twice?

We do not usually accept repeat referrals, unless in exceptional circumstances. This enables us to support as many young people as possible. However, we can offer follow-up phone calls for some extra motivation, or guidance.

STILL GOT QUESTIONS?

I FELT LOST BEFORE TAKING THIS PROGRAMME. WHEREVER YOU ARE IN YOUR JOURNEY, YOU’LL BENEFIT FROM THE EXPERIENCE."

Sophie Mulligan

MOVE Online Programme Graduate