Derby County Community Trust launched their new Wellbeing For All programme in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support on 16th April at Normanton’s Indian Community Centre.

The project, funded by Macmillan, aims to build on the success of the Trust’s Active Recovery project which aids the recovery of those overcoming cancer through a series of rehabilitation exercises. Over 18 months nearly 300 recovering patients and their families have benefitted from this service, ran in partnership with Derby Hospitals.

Every year in Derbyshire 5971 people are told they have cancer and this number is expected to double by 2030.

Wellbeing For All will ensure that various communities across Derby can access support, information and activities that they feel comfortable with and will engage in. In turn, this will increase their knowledge around cancer signs and symptoms, particularly those more prevalent in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Sharon Dale, Health Manager at Derby County Community Trust, said, “Our first ever cancer specific health programme continues to be a huge success, but it became evident early on that we were assisting the recovery of primarily White British participants, and not helping as many people from BME communities as we would like.

“Identifying this gap led to us developing the Wellbeing For All programme with Macmillan, which will not only assist the recovery of those overcoming cancer, but also create a social movement to increase knowledge of cancer signs and symptoms, emphasise the importance of early detection and help to combat the risks of cancer through healthy lifestyle choices.”

 Sue Sanderson, Macmillan Partnership Manager for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, said: “We are so thrilled to be working in partnership with Derby County Community Trust on this exciting new project. Cancer can have a huge impact on people’s lives, not just physically, but emotionally and financially too.

Macmillan is there to help people with cancer live life as fully as they can, but we can also support people to make the right lifestyle choices to reduce the chance of them getting cancer in the first place. We know that early diagnosis is key to survival, so we want to ensure that all communities have access to the right support.”

Derby County Community Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support are committing to reducing the risk of cancer across our communities through developing skills, knowledge and awareness.

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