Archive for the ‘sexual health’ Category

Public sector challenges are Europe-wide

June 11, 2010

TCC Company Chair Jonathan Upton has been abroad recently talking to those working in public administration in both Croatia and Romania about some of the common challenges that organisations face. These common challenges include:

  • Public service reform and reputation in an era of deficit reduction
  • Community cohesion in era of large-scale internal and external migration in Europe
  • Engaging young people in an era when there are high levels of cynicism
  • Public health in an era when some improved health outcomes are leading to wider health inequalities

In Croatia Jonathan met with senior representatives of the Zagreb and Rijeka city administrations to talk about initiatives such as the successful Young Mayor Scheme

In Romania Jonathan attended the 9th International Congress of the International Association on Public and Non-Profit Marketing to present interim reports on social marketing in the public health and community cohesion sectors.

Here, as well as in Croatia, there was a strong recognition that it is important to share learning and best-practice across frontiers. TCC is exploring how the following approaches to engagement could have wider application across Europe:

  • Values based segmentation
  • Understanding world views
  • Designing appropriate communications and messages
  • Peer to peer communications and interventions

International collaboration in all these fields is just as important as it has been to tackle financial issues at a Europe-wide level.

Charlie Mansell is Research and Development Officer for the Campaign Company


UK Public Health Forum – wish you were here!

March 29, 2010

TCC were represented last week at the UK Public Health Association (UKPHA) Forum held by the seaside in Bournemouth last week.

TCC in conversation at the UKPHA

The Marmot Review, the General Election, and the Economic and Ecological crises were on the agenda

TCC took its “Engagement Kitchen” – a space specially designed to show how our health insight work is designed to make people feel comfortable in having a conversation. Conference attendees could bring over a coffee and have a chat with our experienced staff.

On the first day we asked people what they thought the biggest challenges facing the NHS in 2010.

On the second day we asked people what the Government’s Budget – announced the previous day – meant for them both professionally and personally.

There was also a TCC showreel of vox pops from previous health insight projects

And as a special treat TCC Project Officer Sophia Papadopoulos even demonstrated a few magic tricks!

TCC staff and those delegates attending thought the conference worthwhile and the TCC stall showed some good practice in the field of social marketing

Defining Social Marketing for Sexual Health

July 10, 2009

Setting the standard for social marketing campaigns nationwide. is an initiative produced on behalf of NHS Barnsley offering support and advice on sexual health for young people, aged 13 to 25, local to Barnsley.  An involving website offers interactive maps, to direct users to the sexual health services, while a variety of ‘on the ground’ activity provides a real presence to the resource.  Look out for our upcoming blogs which will showcasing our highly acclaimed virtual tour of sexual health services.

A recent event, orchestrated by TCC employees Amy Richards and Christopher Hill, relaunched the website and it’s new intuitive design.

Amy stated “The event was really enjoyable and I felt we genuinely made an impact and a difference to the young of Barnsley.

Christopher commented “It’s always great to get involved at a grass roots level.  Seeing the real life results after months of intensive research, design and hard graft is more than rewarding”.

A variety of tools were used in order to maximise the value of the events.

  • TCC VideoQube
    – captured opinions and questions from local young people on video
  • TCC Writing on the Wall
    – captured viewpoints anonymously providing a greater depth
  • TCC Partnerships
    – bringing our local associates along allowed our team to offer health advice
  • Pee in a Pot!
    – the Terrence Higgins Trust were invited to do on the spot Chlamydia testing
  • Support Materials
    – signposting young people to useful information and services
  • Behavioural Survey
    – examining behaviour and awareness on sex, drugs and alcohol

The event covered it all from, Youth Engagement and Youth Representation to Health Advice and Free Condoms! event young people photoThe young people can’t wait to grab our exclusive T-shirts!

Richard Hart, Teenage Pregnancy and Sexual Health Co-ordinator of NHS Barnsley was able to comment on the event:
“The event has been a fantastic vehicle to help promote and raise the awareness of the new website amongst younger people locally. Over 2,000 leaflets were handed out and many people stopped to talk about sexual health issues.”

Richard continues:
“The more information we can gather about young people’s sexual health in Barnsley, the better services and support we will be able to provide in the future. Another opportunity to enter the survey competition can be found by logging onto the website.” - materialsOur popular, eye-catching and informative materials

Our event was noted by Jon Harvey Associates on their Creative Ideas blog

The project has also been acknowledged by a host of professional websites:

NHS Barnsley

Healthy Schools, Barnsley,

Kendray Hospital

Studio DM

Safeguarding Children, Barnsley

If you would like more information about the campaign, or how we can help you please get in touch.

Christopher Hill
t.  0114 282 3530