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If you’ve attended one of our Introduction Days, Living Well courses or Treatment Support Clinics and you live within easy distance of our National Centre, we offer a number of regular activities.

Like much of what we do, the activities focus on managing stress, staying active and eating well. They’re great for keeping you motivated, making new friends and maintaining your connection to Penny Brohn.

Meet others in a relaxed setting, have fun and lift your spirits.

The Penny Brohn Choir runs every Wednesday 6.15 – 7.30pm during term time, with refreshments and get together beforehand from 5:30pm. You don’t have to be able to read music and there’s no audition.

Recent studies have shown the positive health benefits of community singing for all, but especially for anyone living with cancer. Singing is great for the immune system and does wonders for stress levels, improving your breathing and sleep patterns.  It also gives you the opportunity to develop a connection with others and boost your sense of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem.

Most importantly, though – it’s a lot of fun!

Performances are given three or four times a year, but you won’t be expected to perform if you don’t feel confident or able to: the important thing is the singing.

The choir is organised and led by Doug Watts, and includes singers from every background and of every ability – the emphasis is on creating a supportive space for you to find your natural voice. We learn songs by ear, so there is no need to read music – all you need is a connection to Penny Brohn.

Our varied songbook covers British Folk, American Soul and even some South African community songs – part of the joy of community singing is to welcome songs from around the globe.

We don’t charge, but voluntary donations of £5 to help cover costs will be gratefully received.

To find out more call 0303 3000 118 or email communitychoir@pennybrohn.org.uk.

Tuesdays 2-3pm

mg_1226_thumb_webAlso known as a type of total-body walking, Nordic walking uses poles to exercise your upper body as well as your legs, and is excellent all-over exercise that’s both gentle and accessible.  This hour-long weekly group session is guided by an accredited Nordic Walking instructor, and explores the countryside around our National Centre. Book your place below, call 0303 3000 118 or email bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk.

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Yoga
We have two different Yoga sessions that are run from our National Centre: Restorative Yoga and Developing Yoga.

Yoga can be particularly helpful for people affected by cancer. Our classes use physical postures alongside breathing techniques and meditation. Classes are gentle, supportive, sociable and fun

You can find out more about when our different courses take place or book your place below. Alternatively, you can call 0303 3000 118 or email bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk.

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pennybrohn-16_cover_webMondays 10.30-11.30am

Qi Gong (literally, ‘life energy cultivation’) is an ancient Chinese system of gentle exercises, movements, breathing and meditation techniques that support your energy and wellbeing.  Movement is flowing and slow, and at a level where everyone can join in and benefit, whatever your current levels of fitness or mobility.

Book your place below, call 0303 3000 118 or email bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk.

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Being active before, during and after treatment, for patients and supporters

Want to get more active?

Come along to our 4-week course (Mondays, 2-4pm) and be supported on your journey to becoming more active. Held in a small group environment, activities can be tailored to you whatever your level of ability or experience.

If you are recovering from cancer or are a supporter, come along and find out how to become more active and why it benefits you. The sessions will cover a range of topics to help you overcome the challenges you face and to build your confidence.

As well as talks and a group discussion, we will be trying a variety of activities to see what suits you.

Held in a small group environment, activities can be tailored to you whatever your level of ability or experience.

Book your place below, call 0303 3000 118 or email bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk.

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In partnership with The Bodyworks Project we’re offering gym based physical activity advice and programmes to support you at all stages of the cancer care pathway. This includes Drop in Clinics, 1 to 1 or pairs training sessions and small group classes.

Being active before, during and after treatment can:

  • Reduce fatigue
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Reduce recurrence risk
  • Help look after your heart
  • Help you maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Strengthen your muscles, joints and bones
  • Improve your flexibility
  • Improve your confidence and sense of control

Drop in Clinics: Monday at 4.00pm or Friday at 2.00pm
Come along to the gym for a chat with Alisa or to ask any questions you have around being active.

1 to 1 (or pairs training)*: Monday, Thursday or Friday
Establish a safe and effective tailored physical activity programme to build or maintain different aspects of strength and fitness, for weight management or improving how you feel. Bring along a family member, supporter or someone you have met with a similar diagnosis.

Small group classes: Monday at 12.00pm or Friday at 11.30am
Circuit style exercise classes for anybody living with cancer and their supporters.  Focussing on different aspects of fitness and always finishing with a good stretch and some moments of relaxation.  A great way to enjoy meeting new people going through a similar journey.

To book call 0303 3000 188 or email bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk.

*Fees for 1 to 1 sessions may be payable. Please contact us for further information.

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shutterstock_166094552_cover_webTuesdays 12-1pm

Guided relaxation exploring a range of different relaxation techniques that can help you relax wherever you are. This small drop-in group can be responsive to your individual needs and requirements with space for questions and sharing.

Book your place below, call 0303 3000 118 or email bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk.

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shutterstock_157657808_cover_webMondays 12-1pm

Explore the wide variety of meditation techniques practised around the world, share your experience and get ideas on how to make meditation a regular part of your routine. Usually includes some gentle movement. This session is open to anyone with a connection to Penny Brohn.

Book your place below, call 0303 3000 118 or email bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk.

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img_8500_cover_webThursdays – 10.30-12pm
NEW: Evening cooking demos taking place 3 June, 5 September and 25 November from 6.30pm

Led by one of our experienced Nutritional Therapists, you will see and taste three different healthy recipes, with useful hints and information about food ingredients. This group usually runs three times a month – so make sure you check dates with Reception.

This year, in addition to the regular cooking demos with Victoria, we’re running monthly themed cooking demonstrations. From colourful salads and nutritious soups through to jazzing up your breakfast Victoria has an exciting range of nutritious and delicious recipes to share with you. These themed demos are taking place on the fourth Thursday each month. Find out which themed demo suits your needs here.

Book your place below, call 0303 3000 118 or email bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk.

All the services we provide are free of charge but for these cooking demonstrations we ask for a suggested donation of £5 to cover the costs of the ingredients.

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Services teamThe Exploring Healing group takes place in the sanctuary on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2-3pm.

Guided by one of our healers, these monthly group sessions are an opportunity to learn and share gentle healing practices, have time to be with others in an uplifting and supportive way and to connect with your own self-healing.

Book your place below, call 0303 3000 118 or email bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk.

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Meets 1st Thursday of the month (1.30-3.30pm)

Our community group is open to anyone who has used our services and who wants to stay in regular contact.

We offer a range of activities based on different elements of the Bristol Whole Life Approach, many of which are peer led.

Exploring Healing 
Exploring healing is a workshop with Janet Swan and Michele Eve.
Healing is a gentle, calming therapy helping us to balance our energy and increase vitality, helping the body’s own ability to heal and repair through the immune system.

This session will provide a chance to explore how Healing works and how it can help you support your wellbeing.

Book your place below, call 0303 3000 118 or email bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk.

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Meets every 4th Wednesday (11-12.30pm) in the art room

Another of our community activities, this session is a chance for you to be creative while connecting with like-minded people. It’s open to anyone who has used our services and who wants to stay in regular contact.

Book your place below, call 0303 3000 118 or email bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk.

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Come and spend time being creative in our Open Studio events

Wednesdays, 11am – 4pm

Enjoy printing, painting and collage in this friendly and supportive group.  You’ll have an expert on hand and you don’t need any experience or materials. Maybe start a piece in one session and finish it in another.

These sessions are for everyone who uses our services.  Donations welcome.

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Meet others in a relaxed setting, whilst sharing your thoughts on various books.

Our book group runs every other month on a Tuesday morning from 10.30-11.30am. No booking is required, just drop in and say hello.

To find out more call 0303 3000 118 or email library@pennybrohn.org.uk.

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To find out more you can call our services team on 0303 3000 118.

To find out about our fundraising activities click here or contact Emma Smith on 01275 370 075.

All our services are offered free of charge. We welcome your donations to help us support as many people as possible living with cancer.

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