Cancer Support & College Partnership put Black Country folk in the picture

Eighteen photography, graphic design and media students from the college’s Evolve campus are helping the charity compile new-look promotional and marketing material and will be making regular visits to their Ednam Road base and district groups throughout the coming months.

WHCS Manager Caroline Web said: “Our partnership with Dudley College is a great start to the New Year and we are really looking forward to working with the students on this exciting project and watching as their ideas are transformed into images and graphics to boost our brand and help us spread the message about the work we do and the many services on offer."

Dudley College Photography Tutor Phil Brooks said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our second year students to collaborate on a community-linked, client-led commission, resulting in the publication of their best images, in order to help promote the wonderfully supportive work which White House Cancer Support provide throughout the borough.

 “This project will develop their visual, design and communication skills and give them valuable work experience.”  

Following an initial consultation with White House staff, the first second year students formed individual working groups to tackle the project which will culminate in a new promotional brochure, information leaflets and website material.

Caroline added: “It is a great opportunity for the students to work on a client-led project and should provide plenty of material for their personal portfolios as well as giving us a range of bespoke material produced by an inspirational college right here on our doorstep.”

 31 years of support for the Black Country and beyond

The White House is a drop-in centre for people affected by cancer and is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm, offering group activities, including art and crafts, exercise and relaxation, plus complementary therapies such as Reiki, Indian head massage, aromatherapy and reflexology, alongside regular weekly support sessions, many with specialist nurses, for specific cancers.

Manager Caroline Webb said:  Our services extend across the Black Country and beyond and have grown considerably since the initial group was founded in 1984.

“We offer a wide range of activities at Ednam Road, as well as providing off-site therapies and out-of-hours counselling, and in the past 31 years we have seen many changes, but have always been very much part of the community and have seen thousands of people through our various clinics and centres.”

The charity provides practical help, emotional support and information to patients, their families, friends and carers. 

Staff members are boosted by a team of volunteers, some of whom have personal experience of cancer, who provide a wide range of services from transport to counselling.