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I-KNOW-HOW Project

We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in our application for ERDF Interreg funding for the I-Know-How project. This is a 3-year collaborative project with partners from Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the UK, to develop models to support people affected by cancer to help them to remain in / return to an active life and work. Our local partner, Rother Voluntary Action (RVA), will be developing coaching models and services to help local employers and other organisations support employees affected by cancer, while we will be responsible for developing coaching models for individuals of working age who may be living with cancer, or undergoing or recovering from treatment.

Employment and financial issues, along with the search for meaning and purpose, have always been areas of concern for a large number of the people we support. Building specialist knowledge and resources in this area, and partnering with RVA on the employer side, will give us the opportunity to offer meaningful, practical and psychological support to these people in the future, and to contribute to positive change on a local, regional, national and European level.

We need your help...

We are looking for people who were working for an employer (not self-employed) to take part in an interview to talk about their experiences of work and working when they were diagnosed. All interviews will be anonymous and confidential and you nor your employer will be identified in the process. By interviewing people with actual experience of working and living with cancer, we hope to build a coaching model to help employees to remain in work by identifying the areas of support they felt were missing during their cancer care.

We understand some smaller employers find it difficult to support employees financially with sick pay, and we are looking to understand the impact both for employees and employers when someone is off work during their cancer treatment.

Interviews will take about an hour and can be carried out at St Michaelís Hospice, our Therapy Centre in Sidley or in your home. The Sara Lee Trust and Rother Voluntary Action are involved in a project funded by Interreg and the European Regional Development Fund. The aims of the project are to develop ways of offering support to people who have been diagnosed with cancer to remain in work, or to return to work following treatment for cancer.

If you'd like to take part, or would like more information, please contact Michael O'Rourke on 07728 415134 or

Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit or

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The Sara Lee Trust is a much needed service for patients who have a medical condition which is severely impacting on their lives. The service is invaluable for providing patients with supportive care either through complementary therapies or counselling, when they are struggling to cope with their situation. Not only is it a great support for the patients but this also extends to family members who are often just as stressed if not more so than the patient.

Karen Angel - ESHT Macmillan Specialist Dietitian

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