Fit for Work and Life: Evaluation Report 2019

The Irish Cancer Society developed an action research project in 2013 to find out the best way to communicate the messages of the European Code Against Cancer to groups of young adults participating in community-based adult education and training programmes. From this concept we developed the Fit for Work and Life programme. 

The evaluation of Fit for Work and Life, the Irish Cancer Society’s, Community Health and Wellbeing Programme, tells the story of how we used a partnership approach to develop a regionally organised, community capacity- building model from concept to delivery. This approach empowers individuals to take control of their health, with the support of their community behind them. 

The report demonstrates the overall positive impact of the programme on participants’ health awareness, knowledge of cancer prevention, behavioural change, feelings of empowerment and overall satisfaction with the programme. It examines how the FFWL community delivery model, was implemented in partnership with regional community partners and trained community facilitators, across three regions of Ireland. It makes recommendations on the future development and expansion of the programme. 

The National Centre for Men’s Health, Carlow Institute of Technology, conducted an external evaluation of the Fit for Work and Life programme and delivery model. The Results of the evaluation based on a survey of 264 participants who took in programme in Monaghan, Limerick and North Dublin in 2016 and 2017. 

Access the evaluation report Fit for Work and Life, The Irish Cancer Society’s Health and wellbeing Programme: Recommendations for the Future

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Fit for Work and Life is a practical demonstration of how the goals of the Government’s Healthy Ireland Framework can be achieved at regional and community level. It is a good example of cross sectoral partnership working and clearly aligns with the goals of improving health outcomes and reducing health inequalities for all. 

The Fit for Work and Life Programme is supported by the Medtronic Foundation through the Community Foundation of Ireland. The fund promotes health at community level. Since 2015, The Fund has worked with four national health charity partners whose goals are in alignment, i.e. reducing health inequalities in prevention or management of non-communicable disease. 

The four partners are; The Irish Cancer Society; The Irish Heart Foundation; Marie Keating Foundation and Siel Bleu Ireland. 

For further information on the programme or to discuss partnership opportunities please contact Joanne Vance jvance@irishcancer.ie or phone 01-2310500.