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Volunteers needed for unique programme to help cancer patients ‘Move More’

Volunteers are needed for a unique programme to help cancer patients become more active in the Scottish Borders.

Macmillan Cancer Support  are working in partnership with us to develop Move More Borders – a programme of physical activity designed specifically for people affected by cancer.

Traditionally cancer patients have been told to rest but research by Macmillan Cancer Support has shown that being active during and after treatment can improve physical and emotional health and help to minimise the side effects of treatment.

Macmillan has invested £132,000 in the programme which will include walking groups, a gentle movement class, circuits-based activity classes and gardening. We are now looking for volunteers to help deliver the activities, including people to lead walking groups and gentle movement classes and to provide support in circuit-based exercise classes.

Training will be provided for each role with classes due to start on a weekly basis from July 2016.

Our Chief Executive, Ewan Jackson, added; “Our aim is to enable people of all ages and abilities to become more active and our new partnership with Macmillan will be a wonderful addition to the activity opportunities available in the region. Its success will be linked to securing volunteers to help to support the activities. I am constantly amazed by how willing the people in the Borders the are to donate their time to help provide opportunities for others and I hope that this unique opportunity will attract strong support.”

If you would like to be part of the Move More Borders programme or would like more information please contact Macmillan Move More Development Officer Charlotte Young at Live Borders on: 01896 661166 ext 311 or movemore@liveborders.org.uk