Why do you need my help?
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK - over 100 people are diagnosed every day. It is the second most common cause of cancer death with 44 people dying every day. Early detection greatly reduces the chances of dying from bowel cancer, so the NHS in England runs a programme of screening for everyone aged between 60 and 74. Screening is a simple process and people are sent a screening kit in the post, but despite this many people do not take part. Many people are not fully aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer, and also that bowel cancer may have no symptoms at all.
In Stockton, more than 40% of eligible people do not complete bowel cancer screening. This means that people are dying unnecessarily. We want you to help organise activities that raise awareness of bowel cancer, promote screening and support people to properly use screening kits. You will work with local health services and the local community to help as many people as possible take part in screening. Your work will save lives in your local area.
What will I be doing?
The role is varied and you will be part of small team of volunteers who work together to promote screening and awareness of bowel cancer symptoms.
The main tasks will be shared out amongst the volunteer team. You may be able to offer some but not all of these. Tasks are likely to include:
Arranging and giving short awareness talks about bowel cancer in the local community.
Organise and attend awareness and fundraising activities such as setting up information stands in community venues.
Liaising with local health and public health teams as a representative of Bowel Cancer UK, including attending meetings about local bowel cancer services.
Promoting screening in the local area, for example by talking to the local press or distributing information leaflets in community venues such as libraries, health and community centres.
Basic record keeping and administration
How much time do I need to give?
The time commitment will change from week to week depending on the activities you have planned, but we expect most volunteer champions to give an average of between ½ and 1 day per week.
What support will you give me?
Induction and ongoing training
Regular phone and email support from one of our expert staff
Regular volunteer meetings with your volunteer manager, these may be face-to-face or on the telephone.
Invitations to local and national events organised by Bowel Cancer UK
What skills or experience do I need?
We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated people who are well organised and able to work independently.
Experience of bowel cancer or use of the screening programme is very helpful for awareness raising activities.
Other useful skills:
Confident and able to talk to and with individuals and small groups of people (additional training is available for people giving more formal talks)
Sensitive and respectful of others
Able to travel in the local community either by car or local transport
What else do I need to know?
Until April 2017 Bowel Cancer UK is one of the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees’ charities of the year so you may be invited to attend civic events or to work with the Mayor’s office
All reasonable agreed expenses will be reimbursed.