New course gives HOPE

New course gives HOPE
5th October 2012 CCVS Admin

A free seven-week course aimed at building the confidence of people who have been through treatment for cancer will begin in Colchester this month (Oct).

Called HOPE (Help to Overcome Problems Effectively), it will be the first time the course has been held in the town.

It is being run jointly by Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Debbie Farthing, Macmillan Information and Support Manager, who is based at Essex County Hospital, Colchester, said the aim of the course is to help people who have had cancer to get on with life after treatment.

“Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face, but people don’t have to go through it alone,” she said.

“The HOPE course emphasises the strengths people already possess and looks at how to make the most of them. This course can play an important role in helping people who are living with cancer to find new ways to regain confidence.”

Mrs Farthing, along with Nasim Sibtain from Macmillan who has herself had breast cancer, will facilitate the course, which begins with a taster session at Colchester General Hospital on Wednesday 24 October, 10.30pm to 1pm.

It will be followed by six weekly sessions at the hospital between the same times, starting on Wednesday 7 November.

Among the many topics addressed will be:

  • managing stress and emotional challenges
  • breathing, relaxation and physical activity
  • motivation and goal setting
  • identifying personal strengths and building confidence for the future.

Up to 12 places are available on the course, which is open to anyone who has completed treatment for cancer within the past five years.

*Anyone who would like further information about the HOPE course or to book a place should contact Debbie Farthing. Tel 01206 744401; email