In Leeds rates of cancer and heart disease in the population are higher than the rest of England. A lot has been done to reduce the differences in rates, but the battle is not over yet.
Evidence is clear that the earlier that cancer is diagnosed the easier it is to treat and the better the outcomes for the patient and their family.
Who are the Leeds Health Awareness Project?
The Leeds Health Awareness team comprises of Darren Meade and Megan Arundel, both of whom have experience of engaging communities, health & social care and cancer.
What are they doing and how they doing it?
The team work with local communities, talking to people in their own environments such as shops, pubs and clubs, social events as well as talking to people in established social groups.
The team offers free health awareness sessions covering a variety of topics e.g. cancer, diabetes, heart disease, dementia and more.
The team are always on the look out to recruit volunteers to help them spread the message and are prompting people to take up screening appointments such as breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening and promoting the use of the free open-access chest x-ray service available in Leeds for the over 50s with a persistent cough. The team also educate the public on early signs/symptoms of prostate cancer.
If you would like one of the team to come along and deliver a session to one of your groups then please get in touch using the contact details below and they will be happy to discuss dates, times and the most effective way of getting the message across to your group members e.g. quiz, presentation, games, informal discussions (table to table) etc.
There is no fee and the team provide all the required resources. The Leeds Health Awareness Project can also deliver information sessions for staff teams who will benefit from learning more about what signs and symptoms to look out for when working with services users.
To learn more about this programme, please contact:
Darren or Megan on 0113 8800153
The Cross Flats Room, Hillside Enterprise Centre, Beeston Rd, Leeds LS11 8ND