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 worked with the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity to build a low resource-intensive and sustainable model of community engagement and support in Harlow.  

Project Aim

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

  • Discussed the local community support that people received and would like to see developed.
  • Signposted people to local services.
  • Found 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.

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