New Physical Activity Programme Launched Across the Region

The Move More physical activity programme has recently relaunched in Dumfries and Galloway.

Dumfries and Galloway Council is working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS Dumfries and Galloway to deliver the programme which is specifically designed for people affected by cancer but is also suitable for those with a long-term condition.

Being active during and after cancer treatment improves both physical and emotional cancer outcomes and can reduce feelings of isolation. However, many people affected by cancer and long-term conditions often feel nervous about building up activity levels.

Four Move More Champions, one per locality, are employed to support, encourage and deliver Macmillan friendly physical activity opportunities. They work closely with Health and Wellbeing Teams to support local people. The champions are; Louise Ross (Annandale and Eskdale), Steve Head (Nithsdale), Andrea Haggarty (Stewartry), and Jen Love (Wigtownshire).

Everyone affected by cancer and living with a long-term condition should have access to appropriate physical activity. From gentle movement classes and low impact exercise to low impact gym instruction and walking programmes, Move More Dumfries and Galloway will ensure there is something for everyone.

There is a current recruitment drive for any volunteers who wish to train to become a Gentle Movement instructor as part of the Move More programme. The gentle movement element focuses on relaxation, deep breathing and flowing movements, similar to Tai-Chi. If anyone would like to train to become a volunteer instructor with Move More, please email [email protected]

Chair of Communities Committee, Councillor Andy Ferguson said “It is great to see the relaunch of the Move More programme in Dumfries and Galloway. The continuation of such initiatives will help people affected by cancer and long-term conditions live healthier and more independent lives.
Vice Chair, Councillor John Martin said “The introduction of Move More Champions in each locality will ensure that there are opportunities available in local communities as well as our larger leisure facilities. By continuing to promote physical activity we are contributing to the improved health and wellbeing of the people we serve.”

For more information or to sign up for the Move More programme contact your local Health and Wellbeing Team;
• Annandale and Eskdale 01461 204 741
• Nithsdale 01387 244 410
• Stewartry 01556 505 724
• Wigtownshire 01776 707 731