How did it work?
The Community Support Service teams worked closely with local partners to:
- Carry out research about the needs of men with prostate cancer in their area
- Change how services are provided to men with prostate cancer and their families
- Develop and test new models of supporting men and their families by commissioning services that tackle inequalities and gaps in the support that is already available
By the end of March 2015, our Community Support Services teams had partnered with 100 organisations and allocated over £1,180,000 to deliver 131 distinct projects across the UK. We commissioned services that aimed to:
- Improve the health and wellbeing of men and their families through self management
- Target minority and traditionally excluded groups
- Improve access to psychosexual support and relationship counselling
- Link men to a range of local, non-clinical services
- Support those living with advanced prostate cancer
- Increase levels of fitness
- Remove obstacles patients face in accessing or receiving treatment
Services included peer support, counselling sessions, physical activity programmes, cooking classes, health and wellbeing clinics, and survivorship conferences. Some of these projects were new while others sought to expand the scope or accessibility of existing services for men and their families affected by prostate cancer.