Partnerships & Projects

   Action Cancer and Derriaghy Education & Resource Centre working in partnership with Gordons Chemist

Addressing Health Inequalities for People with Mental Health Issues

Action Cancers Health Promotion team work with hard to reach and deprived communities to address health inequalities and improve health and wellbeing. 

Through the Community Pharmacy programme we are working with a local community pharmacist from Lisburn (Bow Street) and Derriaghy Education & Resource Centre (DERC).  Gordons Chemists’ are a community health resource actively embedded within local communities. DERC is a day centre for adults with mental health issues who work to create opportunities and environments that empower people to recover, to succeed in accomplishing their goals and to reconnect to themselves and others and to the meaning and purpose of life.

Working together we are supporting participants to engage in activities and courses they have identified, to help in the recovery journey. Topics participants have requested include cancer awareness, health & wellbeing advice, welfare changes and medication management. By working in a more sustained manner with Gordons Chemist & DERC, this project is enabling participants to see the community pharmacist as an accessible health professional who they can approach on a regular basis.  The project enables relationships to be built in an environment which feels safe to vulnerable clients while facilitating an exchange of expertise and knowledge between project partners.

Joint Research Project Evaluating Action Cancer Why Weight Programme

Action Cancers Why Weight lifestyle change programme is undergoing a rigorous evaluation under the direction of a cross sector partnership. The steering group includes senior representatives from; Queens University’s Centre for Public Health, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences; City Hospital Breast Family History Clinic; University of Ulster School of Sport & Action Cancer Head of Services, Research & Evaluation Officer and Health Promotion Manager.

This 1 year project has 16 weeks direct contact, followed by four month, eight month and twelve month follow ups for data collection.  Additional support re data collection is provided by Belfast Community Sports Development Network. Data entry is provided by QUB PHD biological scientist student. Action Cancer has provided the staff and programme for delivery and analysis within this research project.

​Belfast Health Development Network has kindly resourced aspects of programme delivery. Queens University, Belfast Physical Education Centre has supported delivery of the project via the provision of reduced cost, high quality facilities.

The Key question for consideration is whether the programme is effective at improving lifestyle and body composition ↵↵among women helping them to reduce their risk of breast cancer.

Data gathered for analysis includes:

  • Body composition
  • Waist/hip measurements
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart Health
  • Functional Fitness
  • Cholesterol
  • Glucose



Evaluation results due 2017.

Action Cancer & Positive Futures 

Addressing Health Inequalities for People with Learning Disabilities

A wide body of research has shown that people with learning disabilities face significant health inequalities and experience proportionally higher rates of gastrointestinal cancer than the general population. In order to address some of the health inequalities this group faces, and to improve their Health & Wellbeing, Action Cancer is now working in partnership with Positive Futures, a Northern Ireland charity that supports children, young people and adults with a learning disability to gain an equal place in society.

We are working together to address this inequality by adapting and delivering health checks and developing and evaluating a participative Education Programme that will build awareness around diet and lifestyle factors while providing practical tools for managing stress. Our work will serve to cascade knowledge and encourage positive lifestyle choices in order to prevent cancer incidence and increase early detection.


Action Cancer's, Action4Life project is funded by Belfast Health and Development Unit to increase the health capacity of disadvantaged communities across the city of Belfast.

This two stage project delivers one-to-one bespoke health checks to raise awareness of participants’ current health and well being while providing personalised lifestyle advice and support and signposting to physical activity programmes.

The second stage of the project, involves delivery of a Weight Management programme which affects change and promotes long-term health and social well-being through improved diet and physical activity.

Project results will be analysed and disseminated to health professionals and policy makers at a public event in 2015.