CLAHRC NWC hits the High Street

Over 300 shoppers visited a “Pop-up Neighbourhood”, organised by CLAHRC NWC, to find out the factors impacting on their health and communities in the North West. 

On 12th May, for one day only, shoppers in the centre of Lancaster had a chance to find out about good health and the health inequalities that affect the North West region as a whole, including what could be contributing to them. The day was part of Lancaster University’s Campus in the City annual spring event in which the University takes over a former shop in St Nicholas Arcades in the heart of Lancaster to showcase its research and activities.

Public Engagement Facilitator at CLAHRC NWC, Jenny Irvine, said: “There are pockets in the North West where people’s health compares poorly to other pockets in the same region. We have seen hundreds of people visit us today, finding out about the work we are doing to tackle these inequalities and improve health.

We have held speed talks on health inequalities and people have been able to ask questions about our research. People have also been involved by letting us know what changes to their local community might improve their health.. We will be feeding this back to our Partners which includes local authorities. It has also been great to see people taking part in health inequality quizzes, games to learn about good health and children enjoying their colouring wall”

A huge walk-on snakes and ladders game (pictured) took centre stage, co-created with a young person’s group in Morecambe. This was funded by the Research Council UK and will be made available afterwards for partner schools across the region to use in classes and summer schools to teach children about health inequalities and what causes them.

Jenny added: “This has been a really successful day. This event has been invaluable in letting people know more about health inequalities, CLAHRC NWC research and how the public are central to it.”

A montage of images from the day is available here

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