What's on

Southland

Please contact the Southland Supportive Care Team for more information or to register for any of the below groups (03) 218 4108

Invercargill

Living Well x 2 yearly

Starting 12/05/15 from 2.30 – 4.30pm - runs for x 4 consecutive weeks

This is an educational program for all clients, family/whanau and is designed to help with any issues or questions about cancer.

The program offers strategies for managing cancer, treatment and the aftermath of these.

Topics covered include:

  • Nutrition
  • What is cancer, what is treatment?
  • Services available in primary & secondary areas
  • Where to from here, Self care
General Support Group – Invercargill, monthly

Meet the first Thursday of each month – due 07/05/15

Speaker – St Johns spokesperson

Bridge to Health x 2 yearly

Commences on Saturday 06/06/15 from 10.30am – 3.30pm

Then x 3 consecutive Monday evenings from 6.30pm – 8.30pm

This is a survivorship program with topics covered including:

  • Sexuality & Intimacy after cancer
  • Exercise for Health & Wellbeing
  • Food for Health & Wellbeing
  • Emotions & Spirituality
Caring for Carers x 2 yearly

This interactive workshop (3 x 2 hours) is designed to help identify and meet the needs of spouses/ partners or anyone caring for a person with a cancer diagnosis.

Participants are given a handbook with the program content to take home for future reference.

Topics covered include:

  • change, loss & grief, self-care, identifying strengths, emotional well-being, managing expectations of self & others,
  • saying ”no”, recognizing the change process and learning to cope with changed circumstances to feel OK about decisions.
 Art - for those affected by a cancer diagnosis, 3 yearly

These classes run for x 5 consecutive weeks from 12.30 – 2.30pm starting again on Wednesday 02/06/15

These classes are supported by the Art Society Southland and have different artist coming along to assist those participating.

Art is known to reduce stress and lonliness while providing an outlet to express the range of emotions related to a cancer diagnosis

Look Good Feel Better

A free cosmetic workshop for any woman diagnosed with cancer.

The workshop is a fun, relaxed event, designed to boost self-esteem. Volunteer cosmeticians will take participants through a skin care regime and give guidance on how to apply cosmetics. They will also discuss hair loss, loss of eyebrows, eyelashes, skin colour fluctuations and other side effects of some treatments. Wigs and turbans are included at the end of every workshop.

Held every 8 weeks on a Wednesday in Invercargill on a Wednesday afternoon from 12.45 – 3.30pm – next due 10/06/15

Location

The above programs or workshops are held in the Cancer Society rooms, 149 Spey Street, Invercargill

It is preferable to register for the groups please contact

 

Other support groups held in the Southern Region

Support Group Te Anau, monthly

Open to clients to meet and talk together and have a cup of tea.

Speakers only on request & availability.

Next due on Wednesday 27/05/15 at the Fiordland Health Building

Start 1030 hrs for 1.5 to 2 hrs long. 

 

Otago

Please contact the Dunedin Supportive Care Team for more information or to register for any of the below groups (03) 477 7447

Dunedin

Bridge to Health

A six week programme and runs 5 times a year. 

This is a research based programme about life after a cancer diagnosis and treatment. 

The Bridge to Health Programme offers the person the opportunity to regain wellbeing, look at what they believe in, what gives them strength and meaning to life. 

The topics cover –

  • learning to take care of physical and emotional health. 
  • Gain insight on dealing with daily living issues of cancer survivorship,
  • manage side effects after cancer treatment and
  • help to create a health plan with their GP.

 

Monthly meetings

  • The Breast Cancer  
  • Bowel Cancer group
  • Support the Prostate Support Group

These groups provide education with guest speakers and peer support.

Support Groups
  • Middlemarch (3monthly),
  • Dunedin (5 fortnightly sessions)
  • Mosgiel (monthly)
  • Oamaru (monthly) 

These groups provide an opportunity for people with a cancer diagnosis and their friends and family to come together and discuss issues affecting them. 

There are invited speakers which participate in these groups.

Living with Loss group  

5 fortnightly sessions (as numbers permit). 

This provides those people grieving a loss of someone close information and tools to cope. 

It also provides peer support with people going through similar experiences.

Living Well

In Dunedin this year we are hoping to run the Living Well Programme.  This is to be run initially twice a year with the first beginning this month. 

This programme assists with education and information on coping with cancer diagnosis covering health and wellbeing, nutrition, exercise during treatment, what is cancer and what is treatment. 

It will be run over 4 sessions of 90 minutes.

Look Good Feel Better

Workshop is run 7 times a year in Dunedin

This workshop assist women who are going through treatment help cope by assisting them to look good and feel better.   

It offers advice and techniques, on everything from skincare, to managing hair loss to make up.   

 

Central Otago

Please contact the Southland Supportive Care Team for more information or to register for any of the below groups (03) 442 4281

Support Groups
  • Queenstown – weekly walking / exercise general support group
  • Wanaka – weekly yoga group / 2 monthly general support group
  • Cromwell – monthly general support group
  • Alexandra – monthly general support and walking group
 Bridge to Health

This year in Central Otago we are hoping to bring the Bridge to Health Programme.  The intention will be to run the programme twice a year. 

The Bridge to Health Programme offers the person the opportunity to regain wellbeing, look at what they believe in, what gives them strength and meaning to life. 

The topics cover –

  • learning to take care of physical and emotional health. 
  • Gain insight on dealing with daily living issues of cancer survivorship,
  • manage side effects after cancer treatment and
  • help to create a health plan with their GP.
Look Good Feel Better

Workshop is run 3 times a year in Alexandra

This workshop assist women who are going through treatment help cope by assisting them to look good and feel better.   

It offers advice and techniques, on everything from skincare, to managing hair loss to make up.