West Yorkshire & Harrogate Cancer Alliance and the Yorkshire Cancer Community have announced plans to join forces on a project that will raise awareness of cancer signs and symptoms; encourage more people to take up their invitations to screening, and encourage behaviours that will reduce the occurrence of preventable cancers.
The two organisations will work together to create a dynamic network of people in local communities who will be trained and supported to share information and key messages by talking to their families, friends, neighbours, wider personal and professional networks about issues relating to cancer.
This will build on existing links and support which already exist across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, including Yorkshire Cancer Community’s extensive network of more than 700 people affected by cancer, carers and health professionals, which has been built up over the past three yearsIt is hoped that the project will also capture the interest of people who may not necessarily have had personal or family experience of cancer, but who in their daily lives come into contact with members of the public and are ideally placed to share information. This could potentially include hairdressers and beauty therapists; staff working on public transport; retail workers, and staff working in emergency services.
This work will also support the objectives of both the Cancer Alliance and Yorkshire Cancer Community to reach those people who currently experience barriers to cancer information, support and services, including people with a learning disability; teenagers and young adults with cancer, and black and minority ethnic (BAME communities).
Pictured above, left to right, are members and supporters of the Yorkshire Cancer Community at the launch of their evaluation report earlier this year.