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Jerome Burns (DSD), Brian Doran, Chief Executive (SRC), David Vint, Assistant Director of Community & Schools Partnership (SRC),  three of the students who successfully completed the programme, Ann Cooney (Southern Area Hospice) and Eileen Wright, Board of Governors (SRC). Representatives from Armagh, Craigavon & Newry District Councils along with DSD, Southern Regional College, and the Southern Area Hospice attended the Launch of the Cancer Wise Report. The occasion also saw the graduation of 38 local residents who qualified with the City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Adult Social Care. Three of whom have now gained FT employment as a direct result of this programme.

The Cancer Wise Programme which was developed in consultation with the Southern Area Hospice Service, the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Boards and the Southern Regional College, and funded by the Department of Social Development, focused on researching cancer care in NRAs in Southern Region of Northern Ireland to inform the need for a Hospice at Home Service and the training of local people from Armagh, Craigavon and Newry NRAs in health care, personal development and job ready skills

Mrs Ann Cooney Chief Executive of the Southern Area Hospice stated “The Southern Area Hospice is delighted to have been involved with the SRC in the Cancer Wise Project.  The research conducted as part of the project is very timely and beneficial to the Hospice, in light of the new changes underway in the NI Health Service with the Introduction of Transforming Your Care Strategy.  The research gives the Hospice a better understanding of cancer and palliative and end of life care needs for patients, and carers residing in Neighbourhood Renewal Areas. This research will inform our strategy going forward. I congratulate all those who completed the training programme and wish them well in their careers.”

Southern Regional College Cancer Wise Programme was unique to N Ireland in that it was the first training and research programme that had as one of its aims the task of conducting research across the southern region which aimed to identify gaps in service provision relating to cancer care and the possible need for cancer care services in the home via a Hospice at Home Service.

David Vint, Assistant Director of Community and Schools Partnership at SRC said of the programme; “It is great to see a programme having genuine positive influence within our local communities. It is our ambition at SRC to be actively promoting programmes within our region which tackle unemployment. This programme provided opportunities to encourage the economically inactive and long-term unemployed back into the workplace and help participants gain skills and confidence that may lead to future education or employment.”

 

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