Workshops give confidence boost to women

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North London Hospice is partnering international charity Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) to offer skincare and make-up workshops and masterclasses to its patients.

LGFB provides practical support to women and teenagers suffering from the visible side effects of cancer treatment, but North London Hospice will offer the sessions to all its female patients from next month.

Finding out you have cancer, or any life-limiting illness, is traumatic enough and the added stress of any appearance related side effects can be demoralising and have serious consequences on self-esteem and confidence at a time when a positive attitude is vital.

The free two-hour skincare and make-up workshops and masterclasses will be led by trained beauty volunteers at both the Health & Wellbeing Centre and in-patient unit in North Finchley. They will offer a range of confidence boosting and wellbeing support such as tips and techniques to help with eyebrow and eyelash loss and changes to the skin. Participants will also go home with a goody bag worth over £140.

Training is almost complete and we expect to hold our first session in October.

Health and Wellbeing Centre Service Lead Manjit Aujla-Starr said: “Supporting the psychological wellbeing of patients facing life-limiting illnesses is hugely important. I’ve seen the positive impact the LGFB workshops have on the confidence and self-esteem of those attending, I am sure they will be well received by our patients; not only those needing practical help with the visible side effects of cancer treatment, but by any who would like a bit of an emotional boost.”

If you are a trained beauty therapist or hairdresser and interested in volunteering for this project please contact Manjit @ maujlastarr@northlondonhospice.co.uk for more information. Full training will be provided.


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