26 October 2012
This month we celebrated the launch of our new health literacy website and two new health literacy packs focussing on Prostate and General Cancer. These resources form part of our NHS North East London and the City commissioned programme ESOL Health and Humour.
Our ESOL learners were the focus of the launch ceremony as ten learners performed a piece of interactive theatre, facilitated by Cardboard Citizens. The performance demonstrated the struggles those who have English as a second language experience when trying to access health care and understand health issues. There were several different scenarios performed, including an ESOL learner who receives a smear test letter but is unable to understand it, and the audience were encouraged to suggest ways in which the outcomes could be altered. The learners' performances highlighted the need for the ESOL Health and Humour resources.
ESOL Health and Humour is aimed at early intervention and cancer screening in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners. We have developed 10 health packs in total focused on; Breast screening, Cervical screening, Giving up Tobacco, Alcohol Awareness, Accessing the NHS, Maintaining a healthy weight, Lung Cancer, Bowel Cancer, Prostate Cancer, and General Cancer. We are pleased to announce that we now have a Health and Humour website to accompany the packs.
We would like to thank all of those who attended, performed and spoke at the event.
If you would like to know more about the ESOL Health and Humour programme and resources please contact Shahanara Begum: Shahanara@bbbc.org.uk