WVA are pleased to work with Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance to improve knowledge of the signs and symptoms of cancer within local communities and encourage more people to go for NHS screening when invited. An earlier diagnosis of cancer can save lives and improve the quality of life for people affected by cancer.
We also know that more than 135,000 cases of cancer could be prevented in the UK each year largely through lifestyle changes - That's about 4 out of 10 cases. This confirms that the things we do each day can add up and have an impact on our health. WVA will work with voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups to find simple but effective ways of conveying this message.
How are we doing this?
WVA welcomes the opportunity to work with VCSE groups and organisations across Warrington, building upon the amazing work that already happens within our communities.
Our VCSE sector touches the lives of so many people. Something as simple as a very brief conversation whilst taking part in a group or activity could encourage someone to go to their screening appointment or make a lifestyle change that could save their life.
We will focus on tackling inequalities in cancer outcomes across Warrington, and will be working with groups/organisations to support and empower people within specific areas and groups.
Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance Community delivery lead Moray Hayman, who leads the programme, said:
“This initiative seeks to support local communities to reduce their risk of dying from cancer, by improving community understanding and awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer and encouraging appropriate health-seeking behaviour.
We are also encouraging more people who experience cancer to be supported to achieve emotional wellbeing and to reduce stigma and discrimination relating to cancer diagnosis.
By working with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, the scheme focuses on improving knowledge of the signs and symptoms of cancer within local communities, encouraging more people to go for NHS screening when they are invited and reducing inequalities in access to high-quality cancer treatment."
WVA will also be working in partnership with the following VCSE organisations from across the Cheshire and Merseyside region:
Pictured: Cancer Alliance Social Action Leads from Warrington, Halton & St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester together with Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Alliance staff
How do I get involved?
For more information and to find out how your group or organisation can get involved please contact our Cancer Alliance Social Action Lead, Helen Parker: