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Welcome to LYLAC: Live Your Life After Cancer

Around 1.8 million people in England are currently diagnosed and living with a diagnosis of cancer. This number is increasing by 3% per year and the total figure will rise to over 3 million by 2030.
LYLAC is supporting people affected by cancer who are looking for ways:
- to find new balance,
- to find zest for life again,
- to get their lives back on track,
- to live well after cancer.

What's on in 2014Our vision:

To support people affected by cancer in living well after cancer by offering tailor made solutions for:

  1. Cancer Survivors (and partners): providing workshops and 1-2-1 support.
  2. Health and Social Care Professionals: providing cancer follow-up clinics, educational workshops and more.
  3. Employers: by supporting employees affected by cancer in their process of returning to work.
  4. Cancer Related Charities: by providing additional services to their existing support services.

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Screen Shot 2014-03-02 at 11.12.29LYLAC is a Social Enterprise, based in the Hampshire – Dorset area.
Founded in 2008 by two woman, both cancer survivors and qualified Life Coaches (one also being a GP).
Their personal experiences have taught them that most information is (on-line) available these days, that members of medical staff do the best they can and that nurses and social workers really care. What seems to be missing is that extra (non-medical) mile; the experience of a fellow-survivor that doesn’t need any explanation, someone who’s been in the same boat, someone to work on questions in a professional way you can’t ask your doctors. Questions like:
- “What’s next?”,
- “What is important now?”,
- “How do I move forward from here?”.
- “What are my priorities now?”
   
Cancer_Coaching_MixThe mix of Life Coaching + personal cancer experiences has shaped LYLAC into a unique and different support programme in the UK that helps you find answers to those questions with a strong emphasis on increasing self-management.
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A few hundred people over the last couple of years participated in the programme in different ways and have rated the LYLAC programme with an average of 9.3 out of 10.
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LYLAC works closely together with local hospitals in the south and in partnership with several (local and national) cancer charities like Macmillan Cancer Support, Breast Cancer Care and Target Ovarian Cancer. The programme is available to people from all walks of life.


95% of the participants report a significant increase in their overall quality of life, increased self-confidence and more in control… 
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Organisations’ experiences with LYLAC :

Breast cancer care logo“I have had the pleasure of working with LYLAC in the delivery of Breast Cancer Care’s Moving Forward courses in Bournemouth and Southampton since September 2013.
We know that once hospital-based treatment is complete, this is only half of the story; there are many on-going issues and concerns facing people living with and beyond breast cancer.
Adjusting and adapting to life after treatment therefore can be a real challenge and so accessing the right support at this time is crucial.

LYLAC has been instrumental in providing sessions which enable people to reflect on their experience and develop practical skills to move forward.
As qualified life coaches with personal cancer experience, they offer a unique insight and real understanding of the impact of breast cancer on the individual. With empathy and warmth they work holistically, looking at the whole person, to motivate and empower; reassure and guide.
Their sessions are invaluable in helping people to identify personal needs and goals and begin to take steps forward with renewed confidence.
I am delighted to be able to collaborate with LYLAC on our Moving Forward courses and see the great benefit of Isabel and Jo’s expertise in supporting people affected by breast cancer.”

Kate Croxton
Regional Services Manager South and Central England
Breast Cancer Care
London
Macmillan_logo_300“It has been our good fortune to run the LYLAC workshops in the Macmillan Centre and Southampton Central Library here in Southampton for some years.
The engagement with the facilitators and their enthusiasm, knowledge and empathy has been a real joy.
We have been able to offer this course to a vulnerable group, secure in the knowledge that it is ethical, well presented and offers sound content and of real benefit to our client group.

The LYLAC workshops provide a gateway for them to meet and explore this uncertainty and their feedback has been tremendously positive.
I have no hesitation in recommending LYLAC and long may our association with Isabel and Jo continue.”
Jo Reeves M.A.(Ed)., T.D.C.R., F.A.E.T.C.,  D.C.R.(T)
Macmillan Centre Manager

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Southampton