H.O.P.E stands for Help Overcoming Problems Effectively. It is a programme developed by Macmillan Cancer Support that helps people who have had cancer to get on with their lives. The course is free to attend and runs for 6 weeks for 3 hours each session at the Centre. It will be run by trained HOPE facilitators who are either health or social care professionals and also volunteers who have had a cancer experience.
The course concentrates on focusing and rediscovering your inner strengths and resilience to help you cope emotionally, psychologically and practically. There are between 6 to 12 people on each course and time is spent in facilitated discussions, group activities, information sharing and ideas for you to try between each session.
It aims to help you to achieve some of the following positive outcomes and to:
- Feel more able to support and share your experiences with others to help you feel less isolated
- Feel reassured and able to recognise your own potential and enhance your happiness and quality of life
- Feel more confident in dealing with emotional issues such as anxiety, anger, depression and uncertainty
- Increase your ability to handle stressful situations
- Discover how to use relaxation techniques to refresh your mind and body
- Learn how to make plans and achieve goals that are important to you that can help you make changes for the better
- Use the skills from the course to improve and self-manage your life after cancer treatment
The course will run from 3.00pm-6.00pm at Paul’s Cancer Support Centre.
Tuesdays 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th September and 2nd, 9th October 2018.