The West Midlands' support group meets near Birmingham and is run by Linda Hayes who is a cervical cancer outreach nurse with 35 years of experience as a midwife and nurse. She has been trained by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and has been working closely with the charity to launch the West Midlands' support group. Find out more about the group and how to get in touch below.
The group leader
"I am working as a cervical cancer outreach nurse meaning that part of my job is encouraging women who are not attending their cervical screening to book themselves an appointment. The job was created in the area after the realisation that not enough women attend their screening and might go on to be diagnosed with cervical cancer. While I was preparing for the job interview, I found Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust's website and I was impressed by the support they offer. I started to regularly visit their forum and that's when I saw that Jo's were looking for volunteers to lead a support group.
"As a health care professional with years of experience as a midwife and nurse I know we are there for women when they're in hospital but we're not necessarily able to be there for them for the rest of the time and that's where Jo's come in. I believe there is a real need for services like this support group and I was delighted to be given the chance to start a group in the West Midlands and offer this kind of support in the area."
The group is for women who are living with or beyond cervical cancer, whether they are recently diagnosed, have recently completed treatment or are 10 years post diagnosis. It's a place where women affected can give mutual face to face support at whatever stage of the journey they are on, in a safe environment.
Depending on the attendees interests I'm also looking forward to inviting guest speakers to talk about specific subjects. As a health care professional I’m fortunate to have contacts to other health care professionals and the support they can offer.
Contacting the group
Saturday 2 December 2017