Can-Survive Inspires South Manchester
Can-Survive is based in Hulme in Manchester to support women in the area and provide practical advice and culturally sensitive support primarily to Black Minority Ethnic (BME) populations living with or affected by cancer and other long term health conditions.
A six-week programme supported by Forever Manchester helps women who are affected by cancer. The activities within the programme include; massage and relaxation, managing fatigue, anxiety and stress, Yoga, Pilates, healthy cooking and eating, hair loss and growth and beauty pamper sessions.
Can-Survive has and continues to engage with groups and individuals from organisations such as African Caribbean Care Group, The Sugar Group, Wai Yin, Europia, Indian Senior Citizen’s Group, Arise, Trafford African and Caribbean Over 50’s Club, and BHA.
As a new group, Can-Survive has a great vision to have a ‘one stop’ service where community members can access advice, information and support around cancer and other health conditions. There will be a schedule of daily activities, various support groups, delivery of health and wellbeing training sessions, talks, as well as organised day trips, fundraising initiatives and more.
The services Can-Survive have now been able to deliver to the community of Hulme are invaluable to those suffering with cancer in the area. One attendee said: “In February 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am 37. I am a black British woman and have a 14-year-old daughter. In my search to find support from and with people who I could relate to on a cultural basis, in May 2015 I was told about Can-Survive UK. I contacted Marcella and she invited me to one of the group meetings to meet with other people in similar position as myself. It was like a breath of fresh air! On arrival I did not feel awkward and because the group is ethnically diverse, I immediately felt that I fitted in, was with people I could relate to and I could be myself with.
“Can-Survive UK is a great service for community members who would not necessarily attend the support groups offered by places such as Macmillan or The Christie. Good company, activities, lots of support and laughter. Just what I need!”
Can-Survive, although a fairly new group is already making massive changes and differences to people in their local community. This lifeline for people who are struggling the most is a huge help, and women who are all in the same position coming together to inspire each other is inspiring in itself.