Vision

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."

Mission

We are a social enterprise with a mission:
“To shape the design, development and provision of health and wellbeing services to be inclusive, in a way that will enable every community to have the capacity and confidence to choose positive health and wellbeing.”

Values & Beliefs

We put our core values at the heart of everything we do. Our core values underpin all our work. We use these to inform services, make business decisions and form partnerships with other organisations.
We believe in:
  • 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

Approach

Our approach is to work with individuals and communities to achieve better health and well-being. We empower individuals and communities to make positive choices about their lifestyles to improve mental and physical health and self-esteem.
Our staff and volunteers are the bedrock of what we offer. We have an eclectic group of people who come from various backgrounds, some with lived experience, speak multiple languages and possess a variety of formal qualifications. Wherever we are working, our team members directly reflect the community they are serving and this is a key component of our offer.
All our services centre upon the principle of collaboration, which involves our staff working alongside clients to produce positive and sustainable outcomes. We believe strongly in our clients and they can be the most powerful factor in improving their own lifestyles.
Our overarching ambition is to improve the well-being of whole communities with an emphasis on long-term social value. By empowering individuals and training community members, we believe that we can facilitate a culture of health and well-being within a community.

Staff

Our service delivery and outcomes are dependent on people. We believe in training and supporting our staff and volunteers to be the best they can be whilst encouraging and motivating our clients to be the at their best.
Our staff are recruited from the communities in which they work, enabling them to understand local, cultural and faith issues. They communicate effectively with those whose health and well-being they are working towards improvement.
Frequently, the people we have supported become ‘community assets’ alongside our staff, helping others to make crucial changes to their behaviour and choices so that they can enjoy life to its fullest.

Board

Our Board meets quarterly to discuss financial and operational matters as well as strategic issues. It ensures the smooth running and long term sustainability of our company in relation to its vision and mission.
Our Board of Directors include:
  • 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

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.