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YMCA Romford – Cancer Rehab

Mental wellbeing

We aim to provide more 1:1 cancer rehab fitness programmes for local people recovering from a life-changing illness. This helps them return to normality more quickly, restoring their mental health.

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About this cause

We provide a wide array of community-based activities and services to help meet local needs wherever we are based. We focus on young people and help them play an active and fulfilling role within their communities. We provide a range of inclusive health and wellbeing services including a gym, group fitness classes and health recovery programmes for all ages. We aim to ensure that everyone, regardless of their current position in life, is able to belong, contribute and thrive within their community. We build these foundations through a youth-minded community approach within our accommodation, family & youth work, health & wellbeing, training & education and support & advice services.

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How this cause brings people in the community together

Our project will continue to support people at one of the most difficult times of their lives. YMCA Thames Gateway provides the only local community-based 12-week programme for users of regular physical activity, specifically developed against the needs and ability of each individual by one of our qualified instructors. Our instructors are backed up by gym staff with the GP referral qualification, their Level 3 personal training and additional specialist fitness qualifications. This provides an effective step-down process for anyone not able to make the comparatively large jump to mainstream fitness. Our waitlist currently has over 20 people recovering from cancer who desperately need our help – it costs approximately £1000 per patient for the whole programme.