Self-Care

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If you have a long term physical or mental health condition then free support is available from the NHS to help you look after yourself and take control of your own health and wellbeing.​ Have a look at some of the courses below.

For information on free courses for people with long term conditions, find out about Wandsworth Self-Management Programme here.​

 

     Further Information

    The NHS Choices​ website has a wealth of useful information on self care support and links to information on specific health conditions, from commonly occurring symptoms to long term conditions.​​

     Cancer

    The Paul's Cancer Support Centre has several different options that support self-management. 

    Mindfulness for People with Cancer.
    The course is for people who have/have had cancer. A carer can also attend with the person with cancer.  The next course runs from 24th January 2​017 to 14 March 2017, on Tuesday afternoons between 14:00-16:30 at St George's Hospital, Tooting. 
     
     
     
     
    Benefits of mindfulness:
    • Better ability to cope with the stresses and uncertainties of everyday life
    • Improved sleep and ability to relax
    • Improved equanimity – learning the skill of responding rather than reacting to situations
    • Working gently to promote kindness towards yourself and others
     
     
     
     
    Research findings from the eight week course, from peer-reviewed studies, report significant improvements in anxiety, depression, stress, sexual difficulties, immune function and feelings of wellbeing. Further information
    To apply please email mindfulness@paulscancersupport.org.uk
     
     
     
     
    Drop-in groups and classes
    A wide range of drop-in classes are available, including: Get Active, Creativity, African–Caribbean and Asian support groups, Yoga and Qigong.  Further information ​​
     
     
     
    Other activities include:
     
    Weekly Get Active Group for people affected by cancer.  Further information
     
    Weekly gardening club in partnership with the Doddington and Rollo Community Roof Garden.  Further information

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For more information about all of the Paul's Cancer Support Centre, visit their website here

     Stroke

    Conversation Group for people with communication difficulties following a stroke

    The group meets every Monday from 10.30am to 12.30pm at St Barnabas Church in Clapham Junction. The group is open to anyone who has communication difficulties following a stroke and would like the opportunity to meet others and have topic-based discussions with volunteers at hand to offer communication support. The group is run by the charity, Connect – the communication disability network.

    For further details, please contact Nathalie Trepel, Connect Service Coordinator on 020 7367 0874 or wandsworth@ukconnect.org  ​

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     Diabetes

    DESMOND: Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed is a structured education programme for people who have newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes or have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the last year. The programme is 6 hours long and is divided into two sessions. DESMOND promotes self–management and empowerment by allowing people with diabetes to address the issues relevant to them.   
     
    DAFNE: Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating is a way of managing Type 1 diabetes and provides people with the skills necessary to estimate the carbohydrate in each meal and to inject the right dose of insulin. 
     
    It is a five day structured programme with a follow up session a few weeks later. It covers topics such as carbohydrate estimation, blood glucose monitoring, insulin regimens, hypos, illness and exercise. Most of the training is built around group work, sharing and comparing experiences with other people with Type 1 diabetes. However, there are opportunities for each person to speak to a doctor, nurse or dietitian individually. 
     
    DAFNE allows people to fit diabetes into their lifestyle, rather than changing their lifestyle to fit in with their diabetes. The aim is to help people to lead as normal a life as possible but reducing the risk of long-term complications related to diabetes.  
     
    How to attend the DESMOND or DAFNE programmes: Ask your GP or Practice Nurse if you are a suitable candidate to attend the DESMOND or DAFNE programmes.