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Dry July is proudly supporting Look Good Feel Better in 2019.

Look Good Feel Better is a charity that provides free, community-based programmes for any person, facing any cancer, at any time.

Look Good Feel Better Classes support cancer patients impacted by the visible and emotional effects of their diagnosis and treatment. The visible and invisible impact can rob patients of their identity. Look Good Feel Better helps to bring a boost, a day away from treatment, an opportunity to connect, and learn techniques to help them feel more like their normal selves.

Look Good Feel Better helps people with cancer to look and feel more like their normal selves. The classes include tips, tricks and techniques to help participants recognize the person in the mirror.
Participants take away packs and information to continue to use the techniques they have learnt in their everyday lives – whether it’s to return to work, the school gate pick up, a trip to the grocery store, a special event.

Funds raised through the Dry July New Zealand campaign will enable funding for even more Look Good Feel Better workshops across New Zealand.

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Look Good Feel Better Classes for men in New Zealand

Feel Stronger Live Better Classes cover simple techniques to look after your skin, hair, body and mind so that you can face cancer with confidence. They are specifically for men with any type of cancer at any stage. It’s about helping men look after themselves, feel stronger and more in control during and after their cancer treatment

Last year, funds raised during Dry July supported men's Classes across New Zealand. This week Look Good Feel Better are holding their first Men’s Class in Gisborne and 15 men are registered to go along. This is the biggest turn out for a Men’s Class and is just such a great response.

The class is a relaxed one and a half hour session full of practical and easy to follow tips and techniques. It covers the areas of hair, skin, body and mind. Class participants are given a pack of items to support them with what they have learnt throughout the Feel Stronger Live Better Class back at home.

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Look Good Feel Better Classes

Feel Better Classes are at the very core of what Look Good Feel Better does – free, accessible, local classes for any person, facing any cancer, at any stage of their cancer journey.

Thanks for the support of Dry July, LGFBNZ continues to adapt class times, content, locations, days and frequency to best meet the changing needs of people facing cancer across New Zealand communities.

In 2018, feedback showed the following:

• 97% of participants when asked whether they would recommend the class to others facing cancer, gave it an 8 or above out of a possible 10 (85% giving a 10)  

• The overall rating for the class was 98% of attendees gave it the two 2 ratings, with 90% giving their overall experience the highest rating

• 81% felt confidence was increased

• 87% felt their morale had been lifted

• 82% said they felt they were able to connect and share with others

• 98% were either very satisfied or satisfied with our local facilitators

• 97% when asked to rate the class content and structure gave it the top two ratings.

• 97% found the class’s tips and techniques either very useful or useful

What Attendees are saying about their experience:

“It did boost my confidence and it was really nice to meet the other participants and share stories and tips. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing such a great service”

“A truly wonderful experience. Thank you all for contributing to my journey”

“It’s a little bit of me time, in a sea of crazy, you’ve got that little couple of hours, two or three hours of me time.”

“I’d encourage anybody to do it…. It is like a sea of crazy and then it goes calm.”

“Because (cancer) it is really isolating. It’s like a personal journey and everyone goes through their own personal journey with cancer but it’s nice to have people that are on a similar journey to you.”

“On a tough week it helped me to smile again”

“It was a day just about me, not the disease”

“It was good to connect with others facing cancer like me”

“I just want to fit in, look and feel more like my normal self”

"The Look Good, Feel Better (LGFB) class was empowering and I am grateful for the experience and support I found and received there. I felt comfortable talking about my cancer diagnosis and treatment, including my decisions around treatment; comfortable (after others had) in taking my wig off, showing the 'real' me unapologetically and without any sense of putting others at dis-ease; and comfortable in the hands of my volunteer whilst being pampered. Today, I am enjoying the skincare and make-up products I have been gifted and associate using them with the feelings of empowerment and appreciation for LGFB. Thank you!"

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Look Good Feel Better Classes - 2019 Update

Feel Better Classes are at the very core of what we do – free, accessible, local classes for any person, facing any cancer, at any stage of their cancer journey.

Thanks for the support of Dry July, LGFBNZ continues to adapt class times, content, locations, days and frequency to best meet the changing needs of people facing cancer in our communities.

At a glance;

• Saturday classes have increased by 96% from 25 classes in 2018 to 49 classes in 2019 scheduled at this time.

• We now have Saturday classes in over 95% of our centres.

• Average Saturday attendance is now tracking ahead of week day classes – 25% higher attendance, overtaken the weekday attendance.

• 200 cancer patients attended Saturday classes in 2018

• In 2018 we had over 2500 registrations and have over 270 classed scheduled for 2019

• Two new centres

• 12 pop up classes

• Active in classes for over 800 hours

• 12,000 touch points

• Over 5000 direct volunteer hours – volunteers supporting a participant sitting in a class

• On average and excluding public holidays and Sundays, there is now a LGFB class running somewhere in NZ almost daily.

In 2018, feedback showed the following;

• 97% of participants when asked whether they would recommend the class to others facing cancer, gave it an 8 or above out of a possible 10 (85% giving a 10)

• The overall rating for the class was 98% of attendees gave it the two 2 ratings, with 90% giving their overall experience the highest rating

• 81% felt confidence was increased

• 87% felt their morale had been lifted

• 82% said they felt they were able to connect and share with others

• 98% were either very satisfied or satisfied with our local facilitators

• 97% when asked to rate the class content and structure gave it the top two ratings.

• 97% found the class’s tips and techniques either very useful or useful

What attendees are saying about their experience;

“It did boost my confidence and it was really nice to meet the other participants and share stories and tips. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing such a great service”

“A truly wonderful experience. Thank you all for contributing to my journey”

“It’s a little bit of me time, in a sea of crazy, you’ve got that little couple of hours, two or three hours of me time.”

“I’d encourage anybody to do it…. It is like a sea of crazy and then it goes calm.” 

“Because (cancer) it is really isolating. It’s like a personal journey and everyone goes through their own personal journey with cancer but it’s nice to have people that are on a similar journey to you.” 

“On a tough week it helped me to smile again” 

“It was a day just about me, not the disease”

“It was good to connect with others facing cancer like me”

“I just want to fit in, look and feel more like my normal self”

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Volunteer Conference 2018

Thanks to Dry July Funding, in October LGFBNZ gathered over 35 Volunteer Coordinators and Facilitators from around the Country for a first ever joint conference session. The goal was to continue to develop and grow the classes to meet the demand of increasing diagnosis of cancer throughout New Zealand. New additions to classes were shared over the two days including;

- Breathing techniques - Breathing exercises have been trialled in the Auckland classes with a great response. On the back of this trial, we have trained our facilitators on these techniques, which will be added to future classes. 

- Easy t-shirt head coverings for participants was part of the demonstrations throughout the conference. LGFB aims to provide tangible tips and techniques. So that all participants can take something away that will help them tomorrow. The LGFB Facilitators have now been taught simple scarf tying techniques and tee shirt head wraps to share with their participants.

- Change in the class format – Feedback demonstrates a strong theme of connection between the participants. The time they feel most comfortable to connect is midway through the programme so the sessions have been tailored accordingly.

- The men’s programme was shared with all facilitators, and a programme of training for 30% annual growth in centres throughout New Zealand was introduced.

Additional outcomes from the conference include:

• Development of more Saturday locations for participants in 2019 - Over 97% of past participants indicated that if offered they would have preferred a Saturday class. In line with this in late 2018 and 2019 we set a goal at the conference that every region in New Zealand will offer a Saturday class.

• Development of Pop up centres for more rural regions - 5 pop up areas were identified for trials in 2019.

• Introduction of additional steps within the programme to complement the current signature steps

• Introduction of video content to support the programme

• With the developments and increasing need for volunteers with strong technical knowledge comes the need for formal annual training and support material. A programme of training early in 2019 will be introduced and the plan for development of “Youtube” instructional videos was presented.

• The introduction of participant advocates in the regions to support awareness of the programme through volunteer support

• The introduction of completely centralised participant booking and confirmation service.

• Development of more men’s locations in 2019

• The development of volunteer acquisition for Saturday classes and new centres

• Support for volunteer retention in the 38 current core regions.

A huge thank you to Dry July participants for helping LGFBNZ ensure our programmes are evolving, accessible and best meeting the needs of any person, facing any cancer, at any time.


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Look Good Feel Better Men's Programme - Tyrin's story

Tyrin Naidoo knows the importance of looking after yourself, and has always taken pride in his appearance. Until a cancer diagnosis made it all seem a bit frivolous.

Having been a civil engineer overseeing infrastructure projects, starting cancer treatment in May 2017 made him exhausted, in pain, and sometimes depressed.

Attending a Look Good Feel Better men’s class helped give him the boost he needed to face cancer.

“The class reminded me, firstly that I am not alone on this journey, and secondly you have to ensure you look good on the outside, so you feel better on the inside,” he says.

LGFB is using funds raised by Dry July participants in 2018 to boost the men’s programme by 30 per cent. The free classes are for men with any cancer and at any stage, in eight centres around New Zealand.

Tyrin has put his career on hold, wanting to focus on his recuperation and was initially nervous about attending the class that has the motto “Live Stronger, Live Better”. The one-hour session includes how to protect your skin, best shaving practices, masking the side effects of treatment and the importance of regular physical exercise.

Tyrin was recommended the class by Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand and now advocates other cancer patients attend too. Like many undergoing cancer treatment, he has suffered from many side effects from his illness and treatment – and he wanted to live as normally as possible.

“There are a few friends that don’t know about my illness so I don’t talk to them about it and act as normal as can be.”

Tyrin admits there have been moments where he has living in denial, but likes to see the positives in what has been an arduous 18 months.

“I have a supportive family, a lovely wife and two boys – one and two. If I hadn’t got sick I would have been working long hours and would have missed out on time with my boys while they are little. Now I am at home with them more. I have learnt to live with less – and get joy from my family.

“The class wasn’t anything like I expected it to be, it was very educational, and it is really good to remind yourself of all the things you used to do and how it makes you feel when you look good – you actually do feel better.”


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