Dumfries and Galloway Council is working with Macmillan Cancer Support to deliver Gentle Movement as part of the Move More physical activity programme.
Macmillan Move More recognises that for people living with and beyond cancer even a small amount of gentle exercise can help reduce fatigue and leave people feeling better.
Gentle Movement is based on Quigong, an ancient Chinese practice aligning breathing, physical activity, mental and spiritual awareness. Classes are ideal for anyone affected by cancer but are also suitable for those with a long-term condition.
Until recently, only 2 instructors could deliver this very valuable activity. But, after a recruitment campaign, 10 new volunteers undertook Gentle Movement instructor training in September. Since then, the instructors have received Macmillan Core Volunteering training and some have recently passed first aid training.
For more information or to sign up for Move More contact your local Health and Wellbeing Team:
• Annandale and Eskdale, t: 01461 204 741
• Nithsdale, t: 01387 244 401
• Stewartry, t: 01556 505 724
• Wigtownshire, t: 01776 707 731
Councillor Andy Ferguson, chair of the Communities committee, said: “It’s great to see this new addition to our Move More programme. This will help people affected by cancer to live healthier and more independent lives.”
Councillor John Martin, vice chair, said: “Gentle Movement will be a welcome addition to the region and, by continuing to offer a range of physical activity opportunities, we’re contributing to people’s improved health and wellbeing.”