Confidence and well-being workshops for cancer patients

17th Apr 2023

Cancer patients at a West Midlands NHS Trust attended a beauty workshop to rebuild their confidence and meet other women facing similar battles.

People undergoing treatment for cancer at Sandwell and West Birmingham (SWB) NHS Trust were pampered during the sessions and given make-up tips and tricks.

They were also invited to sign up for free online workshops, which offer advice on self-care, including skincare, make-up and building body confidence.

Cancer patient, Sarah Brown, said: “It’s been a great afternoon meeting other people going through similar things to me.

“I picked up some really good tips from Sally whilst she taught us how to apply makeup, which has boosted my confidence and we also got a goodie bag filled with beauty products to take home with us.”

Cathy Zaidi-Crosse, living with and beyond cancer nurse facilitator, explained: “We are always proactively finding ways to support our cancer patients in holistic ways.

“It’s a privilege to be working with Look Good Feel Better again since the face-to-face workshops stopped due to COVID. We have been up and running since autumn 2022 to offer patients a feel-good pamper day. 

“We always get a fantastic response from everyone participating and I hope going forward, more patients will get involved and to experience the benefits of the sessions.”

Sally Basketfield, Lead Volunteer with Look Good Feel Better, added: “This is an amazing charity that supports ladies and gentlemen with any type of cancer. It is the only cancer support charity offering support to women, men and young adults to combat the visible and emotional side-effects of their treatment.

“I have led on a few skincare and make-up workshops at the Trust where I teach people all aspects of skincare and makeup. The goal is to help people combat the visible side effects of their cancer treatment from hair and eyebrow loss to brittle nails, body confidence and dry skin.

“I love running these sessions as they are so beneficial for the patients in many ways – they get a couple of hours where they can really make time for themselves and play with make-up. We have lots of laughs and great fun.”

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