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Overview

Coping Skills Programs

Coping skills programs teach techniques proven to reduce feelings of stress, calm emotions, and help you feel more in control of your experience, and how you think and feel.

Programs currently offered by Wellspring Edmonton include:

 Hatha YogaLearn the ancient and well-known health practice of yoga which promotes flexibility, strength and balance. Along with instruction on performing physical poses, classes include mindful breathing and meditation which can improve clarity, focus and relaxation.

 Reiki Certified Reiki practitioners provide one-on-one sample sessions that promote well-being and relaxation.

 Relaxation and VisualizationAlso known as guided imagery, this relaxing and peaceful experience can improve one’s sense of well-being, reduce stress and provide skills and strategies to cope with a cancer diagnosis.

Individual Support Programs

Individual support programs provide opportunities for members and caregivers to meet one-on-one with a program leader or specially trained support volunteer for timely access to help with personal issues.

Programs currently offered by Wellspring Edmonton include:

 Peer Support Specially-trained support volunteers help members select programs that are appropriate to their current needs or interests.

 Reiki Certified Reiki practitioners provide one-on-one sample sessions that promote well-being and relaxation.

leaf3 Return to Work – Professional career advisers assist members in managing their careers through various challenges during and after cancer treatment.

Group Support Programs

Facilitated group support programs provide members with a network of peers to talk about their circumstances and concerns in a shared way, and in a caring, safe setting.

Programs that we currently offer right now include:

 Games Group – A group of people are getting together to play board games or card games. Please join us every Thursday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to play cribbage, cards, checkers, chess, etc.

 Relaxation and Visualization – Relaxation and Visualization, also known as guided imagery, is normally followed by a short group discussion. The program provides a relaxing and peaceful experience that can improve one’s sense of well-being, reduce stress and provide skills and strategies to cope with a cancer diagnosis.

 Caregivers Chat GroupLooking after someone experiencing cancer is an important role. However, it can be lonely and exhausting. We invite you to participate in a Caregivers Chat Group every Monday from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

 Young Adults Cancer Support Group – This program is for Young Adults who have or have had cancer and would like to meet socially for conversation and activities 7:00 to 9:00 pm, the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.  

 Support Group for Young Adults – This program is for Young Adults who have or have had a family member or friend who has experienced a cancer diagnosis. The group will meet socially for conversation and activities 7:00 to 9:00 pm, the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.  

Expressive Arts Programs

Expressive Arts programs offer creative ways of exploring the cancer experience. They provide opportunities to meet with peers for mutual support and conversation, while also gaining personal insight and perspective on the impact of cancer. No previous experience or artistic or musical abilities is required to participate.

Programs that we currently offer include:

 Get Your Colour Going – The act of drawing with coloured pencils is relaxing and generates a sense of calm and quiet. This drop-in program allows adults to express feelings and ideas beyond words while allowing time for quiet reflection.

 Tile Tales – A Paint Night – This special event invites patients, families and/or caregivers to come together and create an image and story on an 8” x 8” ceramic tile. In addition to finding the program relaxing and fun, many of previous participants across Canada have said it helped them gain important insights into their own life experiences.

 Wellspring ChoirThe power of music is universal. Connect with others in the healing power of song with the Wellspring Singers, a wonderful group that has been together for over 10 years; now in their permanent home in Wellspring Edmonton’s beautiful new music room.

Health Restoring Program

The Health Restoring program has a focus on rehabilitation, with the goal of helping patients restore their health and recover from the various physical, cognitive (thinking) or lifestyle impacts of cancer.

Nutrition Programs

Nutrition is important at any stage of the cancer journey. Wellspring Edmonton’s Nutrition programs provide many different sessions on cancer and nutrition using the latest research to teach the fundamentals of good nutritional practices for cancer patients. Many of these sessions include cooking demonstrations, food sampling and take home recipes.

Family Programs

When a family member is diagnosed with cancer, whether a parent or a child, the whole family bears the impact. Family Programming is designed to support the entire family through this challenging and uncertain time.

Programs that we currently offer include:

 Tile Tales – A Paint Night – This special event invites patients, families and/or caregivers to come together and create an image and story on an 8” x 8” ceramic tile. In addition to finding the program relaxing and fun, many of previous participants across Canada have said it helped them gain important insights into their own life experiences.

Information Programs

The Well Talks: Professional Speaker Series provides access to local experts on a wide range of topics related to the experience of cancer. This is a year-round series of special presentations and/or workshops that includes a presentation followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask question of the guest expert.

leaf2 Well Talks: Happiness with Dr. Anil Joy– Dr. Anil Joy, Medical Oncologist, Cross Cancer Institute and member of Wellspring Edmonton’s Healthcare Advisory Council, is our inaugural speaker for Well Talks, and will be speaking about “Happiness”.

Financial Programs

Cancer has a cost, especially for patients who have to take a leave of absence from work for treatment and recovery. Wellspring Edmonton has by-appointment programs that help individuals navigate the complex maze of income replacement and drug compensation programs. In addition, it provides access to various professionals through specialized sessions.

Workplace Programs

Most cancer patients who are working at the time of diagnosis take a leave of absence for some of their cancer journey. Wellspring Edmonton has programs to help patients achieve a successful and sustained work experience after cancer.

Programs that we currently offer include:

leaf3 Coming Back to Work – Professional career advisers assist individuals in managing their careers through various challenges during after cancer treatment.

 

Oasis Advanced Cancer Programs

Patients with advanced cancer may experience a significant sense of isolation from the broader cancer patient community. The Oasis Advanced Cancer program is a series of opportunities for patients to come together for support, networking and life-enhancing activities while living with advanced disease.

Special Services

Child minding and transportation services will be offered on a pre-arranged basis to support people in coming to Wellspring and participating in programs.

Over Time

We are delighted that you have chosen Wellspring to help you through your cancer journey.

Although we understand that cancer treatment or recovery can take some time, we hope that a day will come when you have regained your health and no longer require the programs and services that Wellspring offers. At that point, Wellspring has recommendations for long-term health and wellness programs available in your community. These programs can help you stay well and retain the recovery you achieved.

Or, when you are ready, you might also consider offering your wisdom and experience through one of Wellspring’s many volunteer roles, such as Peer Support Volunteer, Front Desk Volunteer, Community Outreach or Fundraising Volunteer. Each role helps Wellspring help others, and full training is provided.

Peer Support Volunteers are available to help you select the programs that will best meet your needs. In selecting programs, we suggest that you think about your particular needs, interests, time and energy.