MVDA ran a project in 2014/15 to increase awareness and early detection of cancer among Middlesbrough communities likely not to have been reached by public health information. Fourteen VCOs received a small grant of £500 to spread key messages about cancer, including the link between healthy living and reducing the risk of developing cancer. Here are some of the case studies of the work undertaken.
This work developed into what is now the Tackling Cancer Together multi agency partnership, with representation from commissioners and providers of services from Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland. The purpose of the partnership is to have a joined up approach to tackling cancer by helping to reduce health inequalities and premature mortality across South Tees.
The aims of the partnership are to improve outcomes for local people through:
- Prevention and early intervention
- Increasing awareness
- Increasing access to support and information
- Empowering people to take responsibility for themselves
- Targeted approach
Examples of work undertaken to-date include:
- Awareness campaigns on screening for breast, bowel and cervical cancer
- Support and delivery of local and national awareness raising campaigns
- Addressing barriers to accessing services
The main contact at MVDA for Tackling Cancer Together is Berni Doab.