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Online Programs

Well on the Web is an extension of the programs available in the Wellspring Centres across the country, enabling those who live far from a physical centres, or those not well enough to leave their homes, with access to Wellspring’s special brand of care and support.

Overview

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.

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.

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. Healing Journey (Online) Return to Work (By Appointment) Working with Emotions (Online) Standing Firm when your World is Shaking (Online) Choose to Thrive: Vision Workshop (Online)

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.

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.

The Connecting Circle (Online): Monday – The Connecting Circle is an evidence-informed six-week online program that provides an opportunity to learn from one another.

The Connecting Circle (Online): Thursday

 

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:

Caregiver’s Connect (Online) Looking 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.

Men With CancerA group of people is getting together to play board games or card games. .

Book Discussion Group (Online) – As with any journey through unfamiliar territory, discussing a book in the company of like-minded individuals can often be a more illuminating experience because we feel safe and comfortable enough to examine the ‘landscape’ more closely.

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 1st Wednesday of each month from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Indigenous Cancer Sharing Circle (Online)

Movement & Meditation Programs

Meditation & Relaxation 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.

Gentle Yoga 

 Men’s Yoga 

 Restorative Yoga 

 Yoga for Stress Reduction 

 Qi Gong 

Exercise Programs

Wellspring Edmonton exercise programs have 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.

Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE)Wellspring Edmonton is fortunate to be one of the community centres for the Alberta Cancer Exercise program. The ACE program offers a 12-week transition program followed by a 12-week maintenance program.

Exercise for Cancer to Enhance Living Well (EXCEL)EXCEL is a free, 12-week exercise programs for individuals living in rural and remote areas, who are undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment.

Urban PolingUrban Poling is the Canadian name for this style of walking which combines an upper body technique similar to cross-country skiing with the lower body technique of regular walking.

 

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.

 

Nourish Cooking (Pre Recorded Video, Online) – Program presented by a dietitian.

 

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.

 

WellTalks

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 questions of the guest expert.

Upcoming Talks

March 31, 2022: Using Stories for Innovation and Change (Online)

March 31, 2022: Living your Best (Wellspring Calgary, Online)

April 5, 2022:  Introduction to Cancer and Oral Health (Online)

Past Talks

Living Inspired: The Conversations (Online)

Community Support Programs

These are programs that are hosted on site by various community cancer support groups. Registration for these is through the link or contact provided.

Look Good Feel Better Program (Online) –  offers cosmetic workshops, seminars on skin care, wigs and hairstyles for women

QuitCore Cancer Support Group (Online) – Virtual QuitCore is a FREE group support program that provides Albertans (18+) with the tools and strategies they need to quit/reduce smoking commercial tobacco or other forms of tobacco.