National cancer support charity Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) has swiftly adapted to the Covid-19 crisis by launching virtual workshops to provide emotional and practical support to people undergoing cancer treatment.
The beauty industry’s flagship charity has been running LGFB workshops in over 140 locations across the UK for over 25 years. During this uncertain time, cancer patients are likely to be feeling even more isolated, frightened and incredibly stressed. The new Virtual Workshops are designed to help alleviate negativity, give patients back some control and raise their confidence levels.
The online group workshops, hosted by trained experts, help people combat the visible side effects of their cancer treatment, such as the loss of brows and lashes and often debilitating skin changes. Each separate session provides a safe, welcoming, fun environment in which to learn skincare and make-up skills. Most importantly, they also provide an important opportunity to chat, share experiences and feel supported at this very challenging time.
Joanne, a participant in the first digital workshop, says: “It was so helpful to communicate with women in a similar situation. The lessons were useful in reminding us how to apply make-up and how to stay hygienic. It was also reassuring to know that there are organisations such as Look Good Feel Better that are still functioning and caring for people with cancer. It made a real difference to me and gave my confidence a real boost.”
LGFB is also rolling out men’s virtual sessions this month, focusing on skin issues, sun care, hygiene and shaving techniques during cancer treatment. Theseare being supported by professional wet shave expert and Look Good Feel Better Ambassador Mark Sproston, aka The Shave Doctor.
Sarahjane Robertson, CEO of Look Good Feel Better, says: “These unprecedented times are challenging for us all. However, for those diagnosed with cancer, this could feel truly overwhelming. Currently, we are unable to offer our workshops in hospitals and cancer centres but we still want to continue to provide what we know is an important service for those undergoing cancer treatment. With our Virtual Workshops, we can reach out and provide not only practical advice but reassure people they are definitely not alone at this extremely challenging time.’’
Regular workshops for up to eight participants are available by signing up at www.lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk. Beauty companies and experts who want to offer their expertise, products or support to LGFB can email CEO Sarahjane Robertson at Sj@lgfb.co.uk or visit the LGFB website.