YWCA Encore Cancer Program

YWCA Greater Newburyport

What is YWCA Encore Cancer Program?

“YWCA Greater Newburyport’s Encore Program empowers a diverse community who have experienced cancer to reclaim their confidence and health and wellness through fellowship and gentle exercise.”

Ilene H. Grady, Encore Lead Director

YWCA Encore is a free program designed specifically for those who have experienced cancer at any time in their lives. Incorporating gentle exercises, relaxation techniques, information, and access to peer group support, it is safe, fun, and therapeutic. The land exercise program is specially designed to target areas that have been affected by surgery and treatment. Gentle, but effective exercises improve strength,ladies after a group exercise class mobility, and flexibility while the warm water aquatic program relieves affected muscles. The peer group support sessions provide an opportunity for people to share their experiences in a safe and supportive environment in collaboration with the Tough Warrior Princesses.

Participation is free. No membership required.

Current schedule:  Tuesday 12:00 – 12:25 pm: Land Exercise/12:30 – 1:00 pm: Water Exercise.  Tuesday/Thursday: 6:15 pm: Water Exercise

YWCA Greater Newburyport Encore program has fully resumed the land/warm water pool program options with COVID-19 safety protocols in place.


Please contact Ilene Harnch-Grady, Health and Wellness Director, Lead Encore Director.

Facility Hours

Mon: Open for Group Exercise/Aquatic classes only
Tues – Fri: 8 AM – 7 PM
Sat: 8 AM – 1 PM         Sun:  CLOSED

Group Exercise Schedule effective 9 7 2021

Scholarship Plans are now available!

The YWCA does offer financial assistance to qualified applicants.  Please complete the application by clicking the link below!


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YWCA Hours: Monday: Open for Group Exercise and Aquatic classes only. Tues-Fri: 8 am - 7 pm Saturday: 8 am-1 pm Sunday: Closed