The people behind the project: ASPIRE in France

The people behind the project: ASPIRE in France

31 Jan 2023
Stephanie Gailiunas is a social worker and Naturopath and is C3’s Community Engagement Facilitator in Lens and Loos-En-Gohelle in France. As part of ASPIRE she has run workshops focussed on wellbeing, relaxation, and boosting self-esteem to improve community health. Despite the difficulties Covid-19 posed she managed to partner with local authorities and ran 20 workshops in 2021. Below she catches up with C3 about why she chose to take part in the ASPIRE EU project. What made you want to work with C3 on the ASPIRE project? As a social worker and Naturopath working in Lens, the ASPIRE project meets...
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Insight session in Abbeville for ASPIRE

27 Sep 2021
In early September, we ran an initial data gathering session with members of the community in the northern French town of Abbeville in Picardy. As a partner in Project ASPIRE, C3 is engaging with 7 different communities across the south of England and the north of France to survey their environments using CHESS™, with a view to reducing obesity and enhancing employability.

Project ASPIRE: Wimereux

05 May 2021
C3 and community members took to the streets in the French commune of Wimereux to identify barriers to good health and develop an action plan for change. Read details about their findings and next steps, including plans to redevelop the children's forest.

ASPIRE in the town of Ham

26 Apr 2021
Community members of Ham are keen to identify solutions that will allow them to use the space around them to practice outdoor activities and acquire a better knowledge of the local food systems. Through C3's CHESS tool, they identified their communities' strengths and weaknesses and developed ideas for change.

The ASPIRE project: Obesity and unemployment – what’s the link?

04 Jan 2021
C3 is pleased to be one of 14 organisations from across Southern England and Northern France aiming to holistically address obesity and unemployment via ASPIRE (Adding to Social capital and individual Potential In disadvantaged REgions). This €10 million Interreg VA Channel project has been awarded more than €7 million by the European Regional Development Fund and runs from September 2019 to February 2023. C3 will be using its innovative mobile tool, CHESS, in 7 sites across England and France.

Obesity and unemployment – what’s the link?

03 Jan 2023
ASPIRE final event: obesity and unemployment- what’s the link? ASPIRE combines health, wellbeing and up-skilling opportunities in one holistic programme. On Thursday 2nd March 2023 join us in Lille for a day of networking, interactive sessions with ASPIRE partners and project participants, and hearing from guest speakers. The event: The morning will be dedicated to learning from and implementing ASPIRE in a French context. With guest speakers including Daphne Salerno, lecturer at the Lille Institute of Health Engineering, specialising in social marketing. Guests not based in France are welcome to join this session, interpretation will be provided. There will also...
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C3 meets the London Community Kitchen

25 Nov 2022
On 8 November 2022, C3 travelled to Harrow and Wealdstone in West London to visit London’s Community Kitchen (LCK). Having started in a small church, LCK is now operating out of three London boroughs – Barnet, Ealing, and Harrow – where the H.Q. sits within a large community centre building. Led by Taz Khan, the space gave a feeling of community, hope, and motivation. The group spent the morning taking a tour of LCK, winner of the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2022, to see what all the buzz was about. In the UK more than 9 billion tons of food is...
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The link between physical activity and cancer

31 Oct 2022
Physical inactivity is itself a pandemic – and a leading cause of death globally. According to the World Health Organization over a quarter of the global adult population (1.4 billion adults) is insufficiently active. Why is physical inactivity such a problem? The undisputed benefits of physical activity on physical and mental health are well documented, and subsequently, physical activity is a key pillar of all chronic disease prevention strategies worldwide.