The YWCA NSW after breast cancer exercise program “Encore” helps women reclaim their wellness after experiencing this adversity and will run in Erina until November 30.
“Being diagnosed with breast cancer can change life in a moment,” said Encore program coordinator, Ms Alison Todd.
Whilst each Encore program has a strong focus on specifically targeted exercise, the sessions also include information sharing through guest speakers and links into local community services and resources, as well as enabling participants to meet others who have had similar experiences.
In the last year alone, Encore has worked with over 500 women throughout NSW.
“The program really can change lives.
“There are a number of groups of women who still regularly catch up years after being involved.
“Many life-long friendships have been formed through Encore, and without the program, their paths may never have crossed,” Ms Todd said.
“Exercise is one of the ways of supporting the body to recover after cancer treatment and it’s also a good way of keeping spirits up,” NSW Program Manager, Ms Kate Guthrey said.
“Encore not only offers women the proven benefits of exercise, but it also allows them the opportunity to connect with others sharing similar experiences and speaking without judgement, which is a very important part of recovery,” she added.
The Encore program runs for eight weeks, can be tailored to all fitness levels (from the fit to those with inhibited movement), abilities and incorporates land and hydrotherapy exercises.
Media release, Sep 20
Martina Patti, YWCA NSW