Oldham cancer support getting active and outdoors

An Oldham cancer support service is holding a spring health and wellbeing event to help people get active and outdoors.

The Oldham Macmillan 1-1 Support Service is holding the event at Oldham Central Library, from 11:30am to 2pm, on Tuesday 16 May 2017.

The spring health and wellbeing event will give people the chance to drop in and find out about health walks, cycling routes and how to manage fatigue.

Aimed at supporting anyone affected by cancer, there will also be the opportunity to talk to a health professional about any concerns about your health or the health of friends and family.

There will also be information about Getting Oldham Growing, a new allotment scheme run by Oldham Council, which encourages people to set up community ‘growing hubs’ to get active, socialise and grow their own food.

Attendees will also be able to enjoy refreshments as part of a Macmillan coffee afternoon.

The Oldham Macmillan 1-1 Support service is delivered by Pennine Care and provides a dedicated community resource to ensure people living with and beyond cancer receive the care, information and support they need.

The team of experienced health care professionals help people to understand their medical condition and get involved in their treatment and care, to build confidence and ensure they have the best quality of life possible.

The team also offers care and information in relation to people’s individual physical, emotional, financial, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

When required, this involves working closely with existing hospital-based and other specialist cancer services, and referring or signposting people to local and national cancer support services.

Tracy Acton is a Primary Care Practitioner with Oldham Macmillan 1:1 Support Service. She said: “We encourage people affected by cancer to continue to live as much of a healthy and active life as possible and there are plenty of opportunities to help with this.

“Whether you’re looking for new opportunities to get outdoors, want to manage feeling fatigued, or have questions about your health or that of a loved one - come along to the event for a brew and a chat.”

For more information, you can get in touch with the team by calling 0161 621 7684, emailing oldham.macmillansupport@nhs.net or following the service on Twitter @MacmillanOldham.