Frequently asked questions about ACTivate Your Life - Affected By Cancer
- What is ACTivate Your Life - Affected by Cancer?
- Who is it for?
- Will I have to tell people about myself?
- Do I have to register?
- Do I have to pay for the course?
- What do I need to bring?
- Can I bring someone with me?
- Is there a minimum age?
- Can I bring children with me?
- Who will deliver the courses?
- I have a holiday during one week. Do I need to do the course again?
- What if I need more support?
- Can I volunteer to present the courses?
What is ACTivate Your Life - Affected by Cancer?
ACtivate Your Life - Affected By Cancer is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has aspects of mindfulness throughout the course. ACT teaches skills around recognising how people react to stresses like emotional issues, mental health problems and chronic pain.
It also aims to teach new skills around changing how people respond to these kinds of stresses, through Acceptance of what can't be changed and Commitment to live a fulfilling life. Mindfulness also teaches people how to stay in the present moment and enjoy life as it happens, as well as preventing rumination and worry.
ACTivate Your Life - Affected by Cancer is a course of four sessions. Each session is two hours long and a week apart.
Who is it for?
Anyone affected by cancer who may be having difficulty with emotional issues such as unwelcome thoughts, panic, anxiety, stress, low self-confidence and lack of motivation.
Will I have to tell people about myself?
No, the classes are lecture-based. There is no discussion of personal problems, and you will not be "put on the spot". There is an opportunity to speak to others during the break or after the course but this is up to you.
Do I have to register?
Ideally yes. This way we are able to make sure you are receiving the correct support for you. However, if you decide you want to attend at the last minute we would ask you to fill in a registration form on arrival.
Do I have to pay for the course?
No. The course and student resource manual (including the CD) are all free of charge.
What do I need to bring?
Nothing! You will be given a free Stress Control workbook and CD.
Can I bring someone with me?
Yes, everyone is welcome to attend the course. The more the merrier!
Is there a minimum age?
No, although the classes are aimed at adults, young people are also welcome to attend.
Can I bring children with me?
Everyone is welcome including mothers and babies, however we are unable to provide creche facilities
Who will deliver the courses?
The courses are delivered by Tenovus Cancer Care trained volunteers and staff.
I have a holiday during one week. Do I need to do the course again?
No. If you miss a week or even a few weeks, feel free to come to another class when it runs again. Go to our website for more information on when and where the classes will be running.
What if I need more support?
Tenovus Cancer Care has other support services which may be more appropriate to you. If we cannot help you we can signpost and refer to other organisations. Talk to your course presenter about how else we can help you.
Can I volunteer to present the courses?
Yes, whether you are affected by cancer or not. Full training is provided and you can help other people affected by cancer. You can apply to become a course presenter here. If presenting the course is not for you we have many other volunteer opportunities available for you to consider.