Since the first support group was set up in 1993, over the years we at Life Force have had the privilege of witnessing wonderful transformations in people's lives as they are supported to navigate a path through new and difficult terrain. Patients and families find themselves in uncharted territory and no-one gives you a map. So it is important for people to know that they have somewhere to turn to, to support them through the experience at all different stages, to soothe the pain and suffering that come with cancer.
We would like to acknowledge all the marvellous supporters who have helped us to keep going over the years, whether it be by financial donations or by giving of their time and personal resources to the Foundation.
The Life Force team feel encouraged by that support to continue the marvellous work they do in helping people deal with the impact of cancer on their lives. Life Force owes much to many people. We thank all the wonderful members of our counselling team and Life Force therapists and group facilitators for the special love compassion and dedication they bring to their work.
Life Force is all of us, the people who make up this marvellous team, our supporters, and of course the cancer patients themselves and their families. Our gratitude and love to the cancer patients who are our inspiration, and who never cease to amaze with their courage, humour, honesty and wisdom.
The Life Force programs and services represent a unique model of psychosocial supportive care in the community for people living with cancer. The type of group work from the original Life Force philosophy and ethos is unique in its approach in that it goes much deeper than other types of group work, addressing big feelings and existential issues, encouraging the expression of feelings with professional support and guidance. The meditation programs in the groups are an important part of the work and are of great benefit in supporting the healing process. Through its programs, Life Force provides a deeper exploration of the individual experience and is not prescriptive in its approach.
Life Force provides a range of programs and services to meet the needs of people affected by cancer, including different modalities such as yoga, meditation, bodywork, art therapy delivered by trained and experienced therapists.
There are many organisations devoted to cancer care, and while LFF is just one of them, the model of care is a very valuable one and one that can benefit many people who are facing extreme challenges in their lives.
It’s about finding meaning, transforming loss and pain into vitality and hope. Not struggling alone, but healing together with others who understand, as only those on a similar path can do. The Life Force programs provide regular support with a holistic approach that embraces the whole human being, with many different elements supporting and reinforcing that healing process.
Life Force Foundation offers a community-based holistic recovery model, supporting people on a journey to social and emotional wellbeing. The culture is professional and collaborative, building relationships and supporting partnership development for positive outcomes.
The organisation has a plethora of experience, knowledge and networks over 26 years, therefore, Life Force facilitates networking and engagement with a broad range of stakeholders for the benefit of our clients. Cancer is not selective, affecting children, parents, elders and all races in all aspects of life, the disease reaches and also affects friends and families of the cancer patient.
Life Force supports the patients, friends and families. Our support is non-denominational and therefore holds a unique place in the cancer support space. Our support groups also meet every week, to offer a hand to hold as you might go through treatment or deal with legacies left post-treatment, which for some can be extensive and be ongoing.
Support is the best description of Life Force for as long as the patient or carer may be in need.
While nonprescriptive the organisation has networks and resources such as;
Diversity and engagement, collaboration at all levels which can lead to;