Move More

At the time of writing (March 2021) the future of Move More Western Isles is under review, for more details on its current status phone 01851 822800.

Move More Western Isles is a programme aimed at helping islanders with long term conditions, including cancer, to benefit from being more physically active.

Most of us know that being active plays an important part in managing many long term health conditions like heart disease and diabetes, but how many of us realise that taking part in physical activity before, during, and after a cancer diagnosis can help prevent and manage some of the effects of cancer treatment such as fatigue, depression and risks to health?

Move More Western Isles has been set up to enable more people with long term conditions, including cancer, to benefit from taking part in a range of appropriate physical activities in a safe, social and fun environment.

Appropriate physical activity can help maintain independent living, reduce fatigue and improve physical health and well-being.

Over the past 3 years NHS Western Isles, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and Macmillan Cancer Support have worked together to deliver the Move More Western Isles programme which has seen training provided to staff and volunteers, from Barra to Ness, to support the programme’s classes and activities.

Move More Western Isles activities aim to have something for everyone: Gentle Movement Classes / Supported Introduction to Gym Facilities / Easy Aqua / Mobility, Balance and Heart Health Classes / Group Walking and even gardening in some areas!

During the pandemic Move More Western Isles provided a variety of online classes (live and on demand) and 1:1 support online/phone/email for service users. It is hoped that delivery of an online service will become an integral part of Move More Western Isles in the future.

Feedback on the Move More WI programme has been extremely positive, as one participant commented: “I feel the Move More programme has been very helpful. I would not have come and enjoyed the benefits unless I had been referred. It has helped my walking and fatigue.”

Another added: “I feel more mobile and more confident. I enjoyed taking part and the team were excellent.”

Participants are referred to the Move More Western Isles programme by health professionals, and all the project’s classes and activities are free to attend and run for a minimum of 12 weeks.  Additional classes are also available for service users for a small charge following the initial 12 week period.

Taking small steps to feel healthier and happier!

Contact your local Move More Activity Officer for more details.