Community Common brings football and TB treatment together

Community Common brings football and TB treatment together

On Wednesday the Find & Treat Mobile TB Testing Unit set up outside the conference centre. The Unit is an outreach team working alongside the UK's National Health Service to tackle TB within vulnerable populations. The unit provides screening, advice and practical assistance to help access TB care and social care services.

Phil Foley, Programme Coordinator said: "The truck is vital for those people who can't access services via traditional means. TB is a disease of inequality - we are trying to redress the balance."

The Unit is the only one of its kind in the UK; it travels around the country and screens almost 10,000 people at high risk every year.

Ousainou Sarr, former TB patient and now peer supporter at the truck, commented: "TB is a national issue that doesn't get national attention. It needs more education and more exposure."

Also, in the Piazza on Wednesday was Liverpool Homeless Football Club, which aims to tackle local homelessness through football. Set up in 2007, the club has helped thousands of people improve their physical and mental health, and their personal prospects, through sport.

Jess was homeless and living in a hostel, when she was spotted playing football by the club and invited to join. Through the club, Jess found she had a reason to not drink alcohol; the training sessions gave her focus and hope. The staff supported her to find somewhere to live, and now Jess coaches other homeless women who come to the club. “I wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for the football club” says Jess.