Project IIRP13

Finding and supporting Community Catalysts. Building community assets and resources around cancer services and support in Harlow

One in two of us are touched by cancer in our lives. But do people always have the support they need at the community level, a friendly face, help with the shopping, a lift to appointments? Clare Hammerton from the University of Essex is working with the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity to build a low resource-intensive and sustainable model of community engagement and support in Harlow.  

Community Catalysts - Helen Rollason Project Information

Between September and December 2022 Clare and other researchers from the University of Essex will talk with people in Harlow about how cancer has touched their lives. Through conversations on the street, Clare and the team will:-

  • Find out about the local community support that people receive and would like to see developed.
  • Signpost people to local services
  • Find and support people as Community Catalysts to deliver local support to local people and to be trained and supported to have more conversations on the street?

This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s Impact Acceleration Account and supported by the East of England Applied Research Collaboration.

Please see the information sheet and consent form 

Who is involved?

Clare Hammerton, University of Essex