In 2011 Arsenal in The Community and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation were awarded funding to run the Be Clear on Cancer public awareness campaign across the boroughs of Islington, Haringey, Camden, Barnet, Enfield and West Essex.
They mobilised a group of Community Health Ambassadors (CHA) who delivered very effective public engagement activities, answering the call to act in the very heart of communities to educate people and encourage them to follow through with potentially life-saving medical checkups.
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In 2013, as the Be Clear on Cancer funding stopped, a number of Community Health Ambassadors found application in other Health Promotion Projects run by the clubs like Community Health Checks in Haringey or Small c cancer awareness campaign in Camden.
We are a group of Community Health Ambassadors who originated from the Be Clear on Cancer campaign who have gained significant experience from these projects, as well as from work for other community and public sector services, and we decided that we have to maintain these crucial activities.
So, we set up a charity in order to be able to develop projects and programs which will address community issues around health and well-being awareness- primarily preventable lifestyle risk factors. To maximise our impact, we decided to settle at FinSpace in Finsbury Park, where three of North London boroughs meet: Islington, Haringey and Hackney. This is where we are currently based and host our weekly drop-in sessions.
“While developing and coordinating the campaign I realised the massive demand on health promotion and health campaign activities. They are vital for communities and individuals. Driven by passion, positive public feedback and amazing results, I decided to set up a charitable organisation in order to commit myself to health promotion through working with and training Community Health Ambassadors.”
-Anna Jozefowicz, funder and trustee of Community Health Ambassadors