about 3 years ago
Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities.
Community Volunteers play a very important role in communicating health messages and dispel fears and misconceptions about cervical cancer across their communities. This happens because volunteers find ways to connect with people in a relaxed, known environment and allow for interactive discussions on cervical cancer awareness and screening.
Cervical screening is one of the most effective methods for women to reduce their risk of cervical cancer and with one in four women not attending cervical screening (smear tests), it is vitally important we raise awareness of cervical cancer and ways to prevent the disease to reduce health inequalities. The main barriers to awareness and women attending cervical screening include people not knowing about: the signs of cervical cancer to look out for, the cervical screening (smear test) procedure and the fear of what screening might find.
During conversations, people can ask questions, share concerns and become more confident about being aware. As a trained volunteer, you will deliver information and educate groups of people or individuals, in a variety of settings.
What will you do?
- Promote and organise group awareness sessions within your local community or have
- conversations with family, friends and people in your community
- Seek out and approach new community groups to offer information and awareness
- Aim to educate a minimum of 60 people per year
- Support information stands at health fairs and other suitable events
- Help us evaluate the work we are doing by reporting your volunteer activity back to your
- Public Health Engagement Coordinator.
What skills or qualities do you need?
- Confidence in talking to groups and/or individuals
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Willingness to travel within your local area
- Have links within your own community, women's/faith groups to be able to build relationships.
- Ability to work independently
- Be passionate about improving women's health
- Personal experience of cervical cancer is not essential for this role.
What commitment is required?
- Time to help reach and educate a minimum 60 people a year
- The days and times of the week for sessions/supporting information stands will vary and may include weekends and evenings so you can fit your role into your existing commitments
- We will be asking you to note down any engagement that you do, we will provide evaluation training on this.
- You will need to attend half a day's training
- A commitment to working within Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust policies and guidelines.
What will you gain from being a volunteer?
- An opportunity to be part of a brand-new initiative to increase cervical screening uptake rates ultimately helping to save lives
- We hope you will gain new skills and build on your existing ones and to do this we will provide training on: presentation, improving literacy and communicating health messages, build networks and listening skills
- You will get opportunities to meet new people from a wide range of backgrounds
- The knowledge and satisfaction that you will be helping to spread the cervical cancer awareness and importance of screening message in your local communities
- The reimbursement of travel expenses
- Support and information resources to help you carry out your volunteer role.
We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds that can help us connect women in their communities; this may be in faith groups, or women from different cultural backgrounds. We strongly recommend highlighting in your application any community links you may have.