Frequently asked questions about becoming a council partner

AliAdopting the motion to become a partner with Cancer Council will affirm council’s commitment to reduce the impact of cancer on the local community.

By entering into a formal relationship, councils will have easy access to the full range of Cancer Council programs and activities, and will receive regular updates about new programs and services the Cancer Council are launching.

The formal relationship, acknowledged through media and promotional materials, allows us to publicly recognise council’s contribution and commitment to building a cancer smart community. This activity also lets members of the community know that there are programs and services available through their council.

We work with a range of charities – will this mean we won’t be able to do that anymore?
No. A partnership with Cancer Council will in no way limit a council’s work with other charities and non-government organisations. This program is about improving the health and wellbeing of residents, not supporting a particular charity.

What if other charities also ask for a formal relationship?
Council will need to assess each relationship, like it is assessing the Cancer Council proposal. Again, the central question is: will ratepayers and residents benefit from this relationship?

Why do we need to nominate two senior staff members?
Having nominated relationship managers streamlines the process for the council. They will select the most appropriate programs to recommend to council and will then be the central liaison person to distribute materials, delegate activities to other staff members etc. However, if a council prefers an alternative liaison model, Cancer Council would be happy to consider this.

How much staff time will it take? How much will it cost council?
There is no direct cost to a council to be involved – in fact Cancer Council will  provide the materials, policy guides and activities free of charge. New programs will be developed to support councils and their staff and will be offered to councils on a regular basis. Council’s contribution comes through its many points of contact with its residents. It is these programs, venues, services and staff that will help deliver Cancer Council programs into the heart of the community, where they are needed most.

Cancer Council will also provide free health-related copy for use in  council newsletters and Mayoral columns – which, among other things will affirm the positive outcomes to the community of partnership activities, and provide tips for to help the local community become more cancer smart.

Council decides on a program-by-program basis whether or not to participate. The amount of staff time and indirect financial cost to a council will depend on the activities a council chooses to be involved in.

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