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Become a Cancer Awareness Peer Supporter

The WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) Cancer Awareness project aims to increase public awareness (including risk factors and symptoms) of 3 specific cancers – lung, bowel and breast cancer.

What is a Cancer Awareness Peer Supporter?

A Peer Supporter is trained by WHFS to:

  • Assist in conducting and recording research with community groups for inclusion in the project's evaluation report
  • Deliver sessions on raising awareness of cancer symptoms within the community

Training provided by WHFS:

  • Awareness of the symptoms of bowel, breast & lung cancer 
  • Group facilitation and listening skills
  • Research - recording of participants' information and feedback 
  • On-going support

Volunteers are then supported by WHFS to:

  • Organise sessions in community settings, such as: lunch & befriending groups, school coffee mornings, clubs, mosques, churches and GP practices, etc
  • Carry out sessions to improve the awareness of groups who have been identified as having a higher risk of developing cancer 
  • Record information for inclusion in the project's evaluation report, which will be published

You will receive:

  • Training as above, as well as access to further training opportunities 
  • On-going group supervision
  • Individual support where necessary
  • A reference once you complete the project
  • Experience to support applications for college, university and professional qualifications
  • CV, personal development planning & skills-matching to improve employment opportunities 
  • Invitations to WHFS events, campaigns & social events

In return WHFS expects volunteers to:

  • Volunteer for a minimum of 6 months
  • Volunteer for at least 3 hours per week
  • Attend training where necessary
  • Have a good command of written and spoken English, as competent record keeping is essential
  • Abide by all WHFS policies and procedures on equal opportunities, diversity, confidentiality, etc

We ask all potential volunteers to make sure they are willing and able to make this commitment when applying to become a Cancer Awareness Peer Supporter.

DBS Checks

  • All Peer Supporters undergo DBS checks (criminal record checks)

How to enrol as a Cancer Awareness Peer Supporter

  • WHFS hold open days to recruit volunteers
  • Please see the Events page for details on forthcoming Open Days, or contact our team (details below)

Contact

For further information please contact:

Ginny Stuart – Community Health Manager
T:  07960 328 099 / 020 7377 9644
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Kadiza Yasmin - Project Worker
T:  020 7377 8725
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