Improving Lives Plymouth

Armed Forces Convenant

A charity at the heart of our community, supporting and inspiring people to improve their health and wellbeing.

About Us

We have 11 years experience of running accredited chronic disease self-management course for people living with a long-term health condition(s), We help people take more control over their health by understanding and managing their symptoms effectively, leading to an improved quality of life. Coming on our course has empowered many course participants to become more confident and less anxious, visit their GP's less, take less time off work, have less pain and need to take fewer medicines.

What are the benefits?

People who have been on our self-management course have reported an increase in:

  • Self confidence
  • Control of their symptoms and condition
  • Feeling of well-being
  • Ability to cope better with their health and their lives
  • Their belief that they CAN DO something to change their health behaviour
  • Exercise and relaxation
  • Quality of consultations with Doctors

They also reported a decrease in:

  • Pain and fatigue
  • Anxiety, depression and breathlessness
  • Visits to GP's
  • Outpatient visits
  • A&E admissions
  • Hospital admissions

What does it involve?

Groups of 8-14 participants living with a mix of different conditions meet over six weekly sessions of two and a half hours at 156 Mannamead Road, Plymouth, PL3 5QL and are led through a structured course by trained tutors who are also living with long-term conditions.

In addition to the course activities, participants benefit from meeting other people experiencing similar problems, sharing ideas and information, and also building strong support networks which often last beyond the six week course.