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. In collaboration with the Tough Warrior Princesses, “Warrior Chats”,  Peer Support groups are offered the 2nd Thursday of the month at Ovedia Artison Chocolates, 36 Main Street, Amesbury, MA.  7:00 pm.

No membership required.

Current schedule:  Warm Water Pool exercise class: Monday: 6:15 pm, Tuesday: 12:15 pm, Thursday: 6:15 pm.  Land exercise class: Tuesday, 11:30 am

Contact Ilene Harnch-Grady, (978) 465-9922 Ext. #13 for more information.


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

Facility Hours

  • Mon-Fri: 6 am–7:45 pm
  • Sat: 8 am – 12 pm
  • Sun: CLOSED


Group Exercise/Aquatics Schedule effective January 2, 2023

Financial Assistance is available

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


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Main Facility Hours

Mon-Fri: 6 am - 7:45 pm

Sat: 8 am - 12 pm     

Sunday: CLOSED