New Service Launched
New service launched at Weston Park Cancer Support Centre to provide much needed support to men living with cancer
Weston Park Cancer Support Centre, on Northumberland Road, Sheffield is proud to be one of the first venues in the UK to offer men a ‘skin fitness’ workshop following a cancer diagnosis.
Following a successful pilot programme in 2017, the ‘Skin Fitness’ workshops offer advice on skincare, grooming and other skin related problems that may be faced as a result of cancer treatment. Each session is hosted by Look Good Feel Better volunteer skincare experts and local barbers, it’s an opportunity to ask questions, learn new tips and techniques and meet others in a similar situation.
Sarah jane Robertson, Executive Director of Look Good Feel Better comments: “We’ve been running our women’s workshops all over the UK since 1994 and following extensive research, many people told us there was a lack of support for men, especially when it came to appearance. We’ve been told that male cancer patients would value detailed information to help them manage some of the side effects of their treatment.”
Karen Holmes, Head of Care Services at Weston Park Cancer Support Centre comments; “We are delighted to be one of the first venues to offer the Look Good Feel Better ‘Skin Fitness’ Workshops. Sessions for women have been held at Weston Park Cancer Support Centre for 13 years and now being able to offer something to men, will be a welcome addition.”
During the pilot sessions, when asked, “Would you recommend this service?” 100% of those that answered said “yes” and 81% of people said that they found the session “very informative.”
One of those beneficiaries, Bob, comments: “It’s so good to finally see someone is taking an interest in the care and support available to men during and after treatment for cancer. It’s not easy for us guys to talk about skincare issues or to adopt any kind of routine. Finally I met your team who not only empathised but gave good advice and were very supportive. I really hope this is just the beginning, the tip of the iceberg and that your support for men living with cancer will continue.”
The next ‘Skin Fitness’ Workshop at Weston Park Cancer Support Centre is being held on Wednesday 21st November and is open to men with any type of cancer and any age. To book on to the session please call 0114 226 5666.