The first Look Good, Feel Better sessions for men affected by cancer have been launched in Norfolk, hosted by local cancer charity, Big C at the Big C centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).
The launch of the men’s sessions follows the popularity of ladies’ Look Good Feel Better’ groups, which have been held for service-users at Big C centres for more than a decade.
Personal Beauty Consultant, Paris Cressy, from Jarrolds Beauty Department attended the first session to offer his expertise at the ‘Skin Fitness’ workshop, where the men learned about how to care for their skin and learn some useful skills and techniques to manage the side effects of cancer.
Russell Burgess, one of the gentlemen who attended the session commented, “I was encouraged to attend the session by the Big C team and decided to go and learn about something to help my skin. I found the advice on skin health and certain skin conditions particularly helpful and I would love to attend another session.” Another group member Tim O’Shanohun said, “I looked forward to the session very much and although I already look after my skin, learnt about a couple of new products I was unaware of. Being involved in sessions like this at the Big C centre, helps to take my mind off what I am going through. I remain extremely positive and I hope to pass positivity on to others in the group.”
Sam Glee, senior cancer information clinical nurse specialist at Big C said, “We are so pleased that the men who visit our centres will now be able to benefit from the sessions from the Look Good Feel Better charity in partnership with Big C volunteers who assist with the groups. We know from the women who attend, how much this kind of support helps with self-worth and personal confidence while managing cancer. It’s a disease which can change so many things in people’s lives, including how they feel about their personal appearance and self-esteem due to symptoms and side effects of treatments. The chance to meet others in a similar situation in a supportive environment, whilst learning useful tips to help them feel good at such a difficult time is really valuable.”
Lisa Curtis, Programme Services Director from Look Good Feel Better said
“We are absolutely delighted to be able to offer our services for men to the community in Norfolk and Norwich following the success of our ladies programme. We have seen how empowering the workshops can be in reinstating levels of confidence and self-esteem, and this is just as applicable to men as women. We have also seen that men can be more reserved about asking for support or taking up services that are provided. Our feedback tells us how valuable men have found these sessions so we very much hope that this benefit extends to all those that attend the Big C centre.”