If you've been affected by cervical cancer or cervical abnormalities, one of the most important things you can do to help us raise awareness is to share your story. It's the quickest way to get someone to go from thinking, "that will never happen to me" to starting to think "that could be me".
At the moment we're particulary interested to hear from women who have found it hard to attend their cervical screening. This could be due to there being not enough available appointments at your surgery, finding it difficult to get to a GP or any other reason.
What will we do with your story?
We receive lots of different types of requests throughout the year. Below are a few examples of how your story could be used:
- Interviews to raise awareness of cervical cancer, its symptoms and the importance of attending screening, ranging from talking to your local newspaper or radio station, to being interviewed for the national press or appearing on a national TV channel
- Interviews to raise awareness of cervical abnormalities and the importance of attending cervical screening to detect them
- As a case study on our website to help others in similar situations feel less isolated and better informed
- Feature in our materials including photos, films and leaflets
- Giving a talk about your experience to volunteers, supporters or at an event
- Providing quotes to support our campaigns and events.
What do we ask of you?
If you’re interested in telling your story just fill in the below form or email [email protected], we will be in touch as soon as possible to welcome you as one of our media volunteers.
We will keep your story on file until we get an opportunity which we think your story might be suitable for and will get in touch to see if you are interested. We will never expect you to say yes and we know that circumstances might change so if you do not want to take the opportunity or if you are ever in a position to not be available you can just tell us.
We will only ever pass on your contact details to journalists if you have told us you are happy to be involved. Interviews for newspapers often entail a phone interview and you might be asked to send pictures of yourself to accompany the article, sometimes a photographer might be sent out to you.
Radio interviews are often pre-recorded over the phone. If you are taking part in a live TV or radio interview you may be asked to travel to the station but we will always tell you if these interviews are live or pre-recorded so you know in advance. The station will usually pay any travel expenses.
Do I have to be identified or can I be anonymous?
Most opportunities and interviews will include your name and photo. If you do wish to tell your story but remain anonymous please still get in touch.
How we support you
We know it can be an emotional experience to share your story so we’ll be there with you every step of the way. We will always explain exactly what will be involved with each opportunity and if you have any questions or concerns while in contact with a publication, journalist or organisation do always get in touch with us.
What happens after the interview?
Most journalists will tell you when your article will be published or when your interview will be on air so that you can tell all your friends and family to look out for it. If they don’t tell you do get in touch with us and we should be able to give you more information.
Please email [email protected] if you have any more questions about becoming one of our media volunteers.