Our vision is:
"To empower individuals and communities to take control of their health, therefby breaking the perpetuating cycles of social and economic inequalities through generations."
Values & Beliefs
- Investing in our people… by recruiting local people and people with lived experience, helping them to develop their skills and knowledge
- Being the best… at providing competent services that meet the needs of every individual, community, funders or buyers of our services
- Social value… by providing free services that benefit the deprived local communities in which we work
- Innovation… by creating new ways of working which continue to make our services more efficient, engaging and fit for purpose
- Empowerment… talking to our clients to build on their skills, knowledge and engagement so that we can break barriers and create new solutions
Dr. Edith Iheama (Ogochukwu Edithmadonna Priscilla Iheama) - Director & Chair
Dr Edith is the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Vanclaron CIC, trading as CHATS- Community Health Awareness Training Service. Edith is a medical doctor by profession. She has obtained her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Sugery (MBBS) degree from Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Nigeria. In 2008, she moved to the United Kingdom to study for Masters in Public Health (MPH) at University of Wolverhampton and obtained it in 2010.
Dr Edith is a versatile, highly motivated and proficient professional with extensive experience in leading Operations, Projects and staff in Healthcare and Community organisations.
Before moving to the UK, Dr Edith was a Junior doctor at Enugu state University Teaching Hospital (ESUTH), Parklane Enugu. She has since focused on Public Health Practice and has worked in both middle and senior management role in the NHS and private sector.
Among her many roles, Dr. Edith has worked as a Public Health Practitioner for Wolverhampton City PCT in the Contraceptive and Sexual Health (CASH) services team. She has led a team of Chronic Disease Educators for Health Exchange CIC, Birmingham. Before setting up Vanclaron CIC, Dr Edith was the FGM and Health Project Lead for Mojatu Foundation in Nottingham.
CHATS Project is borne out of Dr. Edith’s lived immigration experience and its impact on her physical and Mental well-being, and the lack of expert and culturally competent services for BAME and migrant communities. While working or volunteering for many health and community organisations in Nottingham, Dr. Edith noticed a gap in well-being awareness and health needs of many in the BAME and emerging communities including Refugees and Asylum Seekers, as well as adequate statutory community health support.
CHATS project aims to address this and prevents patients from these communities to present in crisis stage which has huge human and financial cost.
Our company with its flagship Project- CHATS (Community Health Awareness Training Service) was borne out of Edith’s lived experience and insights from other refugees and Asylum seekers’ experiences. Our CHATS project is set up to tackle the health inequality within the vulnerable and deprived communities.
- Mr. Peter Cook - Director, Finance
Mr Peter Cook is the Director of Finance for Vanclaron CIC. Mr Cook has worked in several senior roles at Barclays for 40 years before retiring as the Director for Information Risk Management.
- Dr. Helen Onion - Director, Legal & PR
Dr. Helen is one of the directors of Vanclaron CIC. She is an Associate Professor of Law at Nottingham Trent University. She is a founding member and the Deputy Director of the research group, Centre for Rights and Justice. Dr. Helen is also a Trustee for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum.