CHAPS Newsletter No. 5

Sep 2015

CHAPS Newsletter No. 5 Summer 2015

Dear Supporter

We have now completed our work for Enable East's (EE) "Wellbeing in the East" Big Lottery Fund (BLF) initiative. At 7 major and 14 minor health events spread across East Anglia over the grant's two year span we have performed clinical tests for 1,192 men and provided a further 574 with our Men's Health Passport and health awareness booklet "Key Issues & How to Get Advice". In June we ran a successful EE/BLF sponsored national conference entitled "Health in the Workplace" from the FA's HQ at St George's Park, Burton upon Trent. This required an entirely new approach working with commerce and companies in the East Midlands. To do so we have developed our "WellMan 3600 Charter" which enables employers to provide health and well-being literature to their employees, organise on-site healthcare talks and provide on-site commercial Men's Health Checks. We have already lectured on building sites in Cambridge, tested over 100 Network Rail employees in Romford and have further such events in the pipeline. We see this as an alternative way to engage with the "reluctant" male.

Now that BL funding has ceased, we urgently need to refund the charity via grants and fundraising activities and will concentrate our charitable events in Essex and Suffolk. We will also look to develop the full potential of the "WellMan 3600 Charter" with local commerce and industry. Our remaining events this year are our Golf Day at 5 Lakes, Tiptree on 14/10/15, our second Men's Health Day and Dinner at Ipswich Town Football Club on 22/10/15 - star comedian Ian Irving will again be performing for us! - and our final event will be our Men's Health Day in Clacton at the Voluntary Services HQ in Rosemary Road on 12/11/15.

Finally, I would like to thank Healthwatch and Public Health in Essex, Suffolk and Southend, ACE Community Trust, Colchester Catalyst Charity and all those who have encouraged us, worked with us, funded us and in various ways helped collaborate in shifting health strategy towards a goal of prevention and early detection, summed up recently in this "thank you": "I would like to place on record my thanks to CHAPS for arranging these voluntary tests as, otherwise, I would have had no idea I had prostate cancer for I have no symptoms whatsoever and, even now, enjoy rude health". This is why we do what we do!

Thank you again for your support.

Chris Booth