Specialty Programs

Specialty Programs

ENCOREplus®: Supporting Survivors
For more than 25 years YWCA has been committed to supporting women with breast cancer.

Through the ENCOREplus® program, women under treatment and recovering from breast cancer have access to a unique, combined peer group support and exercise program. ENCOREplus® is a free program providing valuable physical and emotional support to any woman diagnosed with breast or reproductive cancer.

Emotional Support: Share your thoughts, information, resources and concerns with other women diagnosed with cancer at weekly facilitated peer support group sessions. You’ll also enjoy stress reduction exercises and healing techniques! Choose a day or evening meeting time.

Physical Support: Our weekly aquatic exercise classes are specifically designed to increase upper body strength and range of motion after treatment. Women of all ages and fitness levels can participate and those facing surgical treatment can start as soon as three weeks after surgery.

ENCOREplus meets on Tuesdays, 11:15-11:45 a.m. for physical support and water exercise, and 12:00-1:00 p.m. for an emotional support group.

Call 508-767-2505, ext. 5509 to register.

Couples Teamwork: Shaping a Strong Future with Chronic Illness

The YWCA Central Massachusetts presents this seven-week workshop series for couples dealing with chronic illness.The person with a chronic illness and the caregiver participate together, using teamwork to shape a strong, well-planned, positive and meaningful future, with a focus on the needs of both.

Experts will help couples develop a plan and acquire tools and resources for building strong lives through financial planning, legal planning, a healthy lifestyle and home planning.

For more information or to register, contact Patty Flanagan, Director of Wellness and Health Equity at (508) 767-2505 ext. 3021 or pflanagan@ywcacentralmass.org.