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YWCA Encore Christchurch


Wed 13 Aug 2014, 11:30am–1:30pm
Wed 20 Aug 2014, 11:30am–1:30pm
Wed 27 Aug 2014, 11:30am–1:30pm
Wed 3 Sep 2014, 11:30am–1:30pm
Wed 10 Sep 2014, 11:30am–1:30pm

Where: Archer Village, 166 Colombo St, Sydenham, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


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Holding up those who are healing – helping breast cancer survivors through support and exercise.

For women who have experienced breast cancer, the associated physical effects can be extremely challenging. Side effects from surgery can include physical discomfort, immobility and emotional vulnerability, leaving survivors feeling uncomfortable and lacking in confidence.

Part of YWCA’s work empowering women of all ages involves providing support to women who are experiencing or have experienced breast cancer.

Since 2005, the YWCA Auckland has facilitated a free exercise programme called Encore, designed specifically for breast cancer survivors to help them combat the physical effects and aid in their recovery.

Encore is an eight week programme that uses gentle exercise and healthy lifestyle information to increase strength, flexibility and blood flow and reduce the effects of lymphoedema (painful swelling), that some women may experience following treatment. The programme works to relieve the condition through gentle floor exercises, breathing exercises, stretching and pool-based exercises. The programme has been proven to have benefits for all women who have undergone surgery, be it 10 weeks or 10 years ago.

The programme also provides a fun and positive environment for women to find peer support and enjoyment during any stage of their recovery. This gives survivors a chance to connect with others who have endured a similar experience. Beyond that, it helps them to regain a sense of self.

YWCA Encore is delivered by local facilitators around the country, many of whom are breast cancer survivors and past participants of Encore. All facilitators are trained and supported by YWCA Auckland and funding has come from The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, as well as from local groups. Every woman who has gone through Encore recommends it, with many participants saying that every woman diagnosed with breast cancer should know about this programme.

Whether you’ve just had your surgery or are years down the road from recovery, YWCA Encore is a place for support and healing. The next Encore programme in Christchurch will start in July, taking place on Wednesday afternoons between 11:30am and 1:30pm.

The programme is free to all women who have had breast cancer treatment, however registrations are essential as medical approval is required. Visit our website for more information and enrolment forms, or contact Nicole Busbridge on 03 332 6646 or at

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