Cervical screening (smear test) is one the best ways a woman can reduce her risk of cervical cancer. It's free on the NHS, yet in the UK, one out of five women do not attend their cervical screening so raising public awareness of ways to prevent cervical cancer is really important.
With cervical screening attendance falling for younger and older women it is even more important for us to keep finding opportunities to raise awareness among different ages and groups of women.
How you can help in your community
• Order materials and spread the word about prevention
You can order materials from us free of charge. You could give them out to female friends, take them to your local GP surgery or well woman’s clinic. Why not ask your work place if they would like to display information for their employees?
• Hold an information event
If you're planning a cervical cancer awareness event, we are here to help you make it a success and will try and support you in whatever way we can. We will always provide information materials for events, which can be ordered here.
See our top tips below.
• Book one our information volunteers
Where possible we would be happy to find an information volunteer or member of our team to help run a stand or provide a presentation at your event/work place. Please note, we are a small team and unfortunately cannot attend every event we are invited to. We prioritise groups of women at higher risk of cervical cancer and areas where cervical screening uptake is low. These groups include women between the age of 25 to 35, and over 50, from ethnic minorities and living in socially disadvantaged areas.
Our information volunteers can provide workshops about cervical cancer awareness, why it is important and what to look out for and how screening can help to prevent cancer. To book, please fill out our form.
Top tips for raising awareness locally
There are plenty of ways to raise awareness in your local community. Some simple ways to help us make an impact include:
- Displaying our posters, leaflets and booklets in GP surgeries, hospitals or your local library
- Distributing our leaflets at your university or college
- Asking if your employer would allow posters to be put up e.g. in women's toilets
- Handing out leaflets to your female friends and family members.
If you're feeling a little more ambitious, you could:
- Organise a stand or table with leaflets at your local hospital
- Run a girls night in pampering event and use it as a chance to raise awareness about the importance of cervical screening to your female friends
- Organise an event on behalf of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.
If you are planning to run an information stand at an event you might want to consider the following:
- Information materials - have you ordered your information materials from Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust? Think about who the event is aimed at and order the most appropriate information materials to display
- Displaying the materials - display the materials in a logical order keeping them neat, attractive and uncluttered. You may also want to order some balloons to add more attention to your stand
- Engage with people - people may not always come over to you so it is important to attract people’s attention. You may want to hand some leaflets to passersby to engage them in conversation and explain what you are doing.
- Where will you have a stand? - You could organise opportunities to have an information stand for your work place or at your local community centre. Why not ask your local supermarket if they will let you have a stand to raise awareness?
We're here to help so please contact us for more advice or tips on raising awareness locally on 020 3096 8100 and [email protected]
Thank you in advance for helping us to save lives and prevent cervical cancer.