Macmillan is investing just over £55,000, working with Social Enterprise Kent, Kent County Council Public Health and Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group to set up a ‘Cancer Champion’ programme for Thanet, focusing on Margate and Ramsgate.
The aim is to develop a network of volunteer Cancer Champions in these local communities, managed by Kay Gordon. Kay will support the Cancer Champions with training and information materials, as well as helping them build links with local community organisations.
The Cancer Champions will assist their local communities to take charge of their own health and wellbeing, providing information on preventative health to raise awareness of early symptoms of cancer, as well as signposting to services where people can seek help.
By supporting deprived communities, we are looking to reach those who are the least likely to seek support for cancer. By increasing awareness of cancer, we aim to improve uptake of screening services, increase early diagnosis and help reduce inequalities in accessing treatment.