We are really missing working with all of our wonderful volunteers during this time. You have always given us so much support, we wanted to make sure you have the right help at this time so we have put together some information for you, which we hope will be useful.
Be kind to yourself
This is a very strange time for us all, having very limited time outside the house and this can be difficult. You may want to use this time to do lots of projects or maybe you don’t – there is no right way to spend this time. Everyone needs to do what’s best for them and go at their own pace. If you are struggling, Mind have some good advice here.
Keep on moving – don’t stop now! Has your gym closed or your exercise class been cancelled? For so many of us exercise is really important. Not only does it keep us physically ﬁt, but also helps with our mental health. A lot of activity has now moved online so make sure to check it out. Schedule in some time to do your favourite work out or a bit of yoga.
Here are a few online exercise classes that you could take a look at:
- The Body Coach – YouTube PE sessions
- Easy and beginners yoga
- 30 min fat burner
- Shine Cardiff also has virtual activities for those who have cancer
Don’t forget you can also do virtual challenges for Tenovus Cancer Care.
One of the most important things you can do is to speak to someone. Not being able to meet up with friends and family (unless you live with them) can be difficult and I think most of us really miss human interaction. Whether a chat with a friend or family member, talking can really help you feel less isolated. Schedule a ‘virtual lunch’ or ‘virtual quiz’ with friends, family, colleagues and there’s so many platforms you can use for this – Zoom, Facebook, Whatsapp just to name a few!
Don’t forget if you are feeling isolated and need someone to talk to you can sign up to our Tele-friend project to receive a weekly uplifting phone call.
Use this time to learn
If you fancy it there are lots of online videos to learn new skills. I have been learning how to make clay coasters using Youtube videos and I am slowly improving and it really makes me feel like I’ve achieved something. There’s not just craft videos on Youtube, there are millions on such a variety of different things so get exploring if you fancy it.
As well as learning a new skill, the Open University also has lots of free course which you can find here.
Help others (if you can)
If you are in a position where you want to give, look out for local community groups or charities who are looking for volunteers. Giving can be anything from helping to delivering some shopping to sharing a charities fundraising appeal on social media – it is all so helpful!
Don’t forget even making a weekly phone call to a friend is a way of helping others!
Here is a list of useful helplines that can offer support for you during this time. Whether you have heard of them or not, we thought it could be a handy reminder of the support that is out there.
- Our Free Support Line for those affected by cancer – 0808 808 1010
- Samaritans – providing emotional support to those in emotional distress and struggling to cope – 116 123
- Mind – offering supporting for mental health – 0300 123 3392
- Age UK – providing support services for older people, their families and loved ones – 0800 169 6565
Keep in touch with us
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 029 2076 8331
- Facebook: facebook.com/tenovuscancercare
- Twitter: twitter.com/tenovuscancer
We really do hope you are all keeping safe and well in these difficult times. Thank you for all you do and are continuing to do for us during this time. We look forward to seeing you all again!
Bex – Volunteer Development Manager