Helping You Help Yourself – the new COPD self-management programme in South Wales

If you have been recently diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or have a mild form of the condition, our new self-management programme can help.

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Helping You Help Yourself is a free education and exercise programme designed for people with mild COPD. It will give you the skills and knowledge you need to manage your condition and enable you to live your life to the full. 

This 7-week programme is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and will teach you everything about what COPD is and how to manage it. You will learn how to deal with breathlessness, handle medications and flare-ups, and how to care for yourself.

You’ll get a short pre-assessment at the start. Then there’ll be two-hour weekly sessions for six weeks. The course is led by one of our BLF programme coordinators, who is a health care professional and someone who has experience of caring for someone with COPD.

By attending the programme, you’ll learn how to adapt to daily life with COPD, giving you the confidence and independence you need to look after your lungs.

Are you interested? Find out more about a course near you by choosing from the list of available locations below:

“I really enjoy the classes, they take me out of the house and I can’t wait for the next one. They have helped me get fitter and healthier.” Rosemary, who attends Helping You Help Yourself classes in Ebbw Vale

Available locations 


Abercynon Sports Centre, Parc, Abercynon, Mountain Ash CF45 4UY
Thursdays, 12.30pm - 2.30pm
12 September – 24 October

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Blaenau Gwent

Blaenau Gwent Ebbw Vale leisure centre, Lime Avenue, Ebbw Vale NP23 6GL
Tuesdays, 1.15pm - 3.15pm
24 September – 5 November

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Bridgend Life Centre, Angel St, Bridgend CF31 4AH
Mondays, 2-4pm
9 September – 21 October

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Newport Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport NP20 1UH
Fridays, 12pm – 2.15pm
20 September - 1 November

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New Tredegar

New Tredegar Sports Centre, Grove Park, New Tredegar NP24 6XF
Tuesdays, 10am-12pm
24 September – 5 November

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Pontardawe Leisure Centre, Parc Ynysderw, Pontardawe SA8 4EG
Thursdays, 12-2pm
12 September – 24 October

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Rhondda Valley

Rhondda Fach Leisure Centre East Street, Tylorstown, CF43 3HR

No courses are currently available at this location.


Penlan Leisure Centre, Heol Gwyrosydd, Penlan, Swansea SA5 7BU
Wednesdays, 1pm - 3pm
11 September – 23 October

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Vale of Neath

Vale of Neath Leisure Centre, Chain Rd, Glynneath, Neath SA11 5HW
Tuesdays, 12.45pm - 2.45 pm
10 September – 22 October

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