Exercise is important but it can be fun too
Macmillan Cancer Support and South Ayrshire Council have today announced a partnership to help cancer patients become more active.
The two organisations will come together over the coming months to develop a programme of physical activity designed specifically for people affected by cancer in South Ayrshire.
Move More South Ayrshire will be funded by leading cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support and delivered by South Ayrshire Council.
Traditionally, cancer patients have been told to rest and put their feet up, however Macmillan Cancer Support has completed various pieces of research which shows that being active during and after treatment can maintain physical function, improve feeling of mental wellbeing as well as minimising the side effects of treatment.
It's known that many cancer patients are nervous about building up activity levels and lack confidence and availability of suitable activities in local areas is preventing people from getting out and moving more; which is why Macmillan and South Ayrshire Council are working together to develop a free programme of physical activity in South Ayrshire.
Similar Move More programmes have been successfully rolled out in several areas in Scotland. The Move More programme will be free of charge and available for cancer patients in South Ayrshire.
Claire Alexander, Macmillan Partnership Quality Lead for the West of Scotland said:"Traditionally cancer patients have been told to rest as much as possible during and after cancer treatment. However, we have shown that being active during and after treatment can maintain physical function and minimise the side effects of treatment.
"We also know that many people may feel nervous about building up their activity levels, particularly if it's for the first time after treatment or if they haven't been very active for a while. This is why Macmillan is working in partnership with South Ayrshire Council to develop a new range of physical activity classes specifically targeted at people diagnosed with cancer.
"We have seen great success with similar programmes across Scotland and we look forward to seeing what can be achieved in partnership with South Ayrshire Council."
Councillor Brian McGinley, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "We are delighted to work in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to help improve the wellbeing of people with cancer. It's important they feel connected and valued, so this is about people coming together to overcome isolation and loneliness as well as promoting the importance of exercise.
"We will be working closely with Macmillan to develop activities and classes to suit everyone and there will be plenty of opportunities to have a chat and make new friends. I am hopeful the activities prove popular and everybody feels the benefit."