Rother Voluntary Action (RVA) and The Sara Lee Trust launched a pilot earlier in the year to develop a programme to support people affected by cancer return to an active working life. With partners in Belgium, France and The Netherlands, the project aims to support those who want to return to work, or to help them remain in work during and after their cancer care. In the period 2014-2016 there were 5,448 newly diagnosed cancers in females and 5,877 in males in East Sussex, many of whom were working when they were diagnosed with cancer.
There are several barriers to working and living with cancer; RVA will concentrate on engaging and building relationships with local employers, while The Sara Lee Trust, with experience of supporting people with life-threatening conditions for over 20 years, will work with healthcare professionals and employees and others affected by cancer to find out what support is needed.
The project will develop an interactive digital platform and a job coaching model to support people living with cancer relating to their employment, along with an interactive toolkit and training to support employers.
This project has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under subsidy contract No 2S06-034.
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