Information & Guidance for Volunteers

Cancer Awareness Raising Event 
Saturday 6th April Hollingbury ASDA

Thank you for volunteering for this Bowel Cancer Awareness Raising Event.  You will be part of a team of Macmillan and Albion in the Community volunteers, Bowel Screening experts, Colorectal Nurse specialists and bowel cancer patients.

AIMS OF THE DAY – To make people more aware of the signs and symptoms of Bowel cancer; the importance of early detection and the NHS Bowel Screening Service and to signpost where people might find information and assistance.

YOUR ROLE:-

  • To engage with the public in a friendly and non-threatening manner
  • To raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer and the bowel screening service
  • To signpost people to other information they might find useful depending on their enquiry – leaflets or clinical information from nurses and/or screening services
  • To record transactions on the day by using a clicker to record each person you speak or give information to. Please pass on individuals who require referral to one of the experts, who will record meaningful interactions on a record sheet.

DO’S AND DON’T’S :-

  • Do listen carefully and don’t rush to give advice
  • Do keep medical information limited. Experts will be there and you can refer to them or refer to the leaflets
  • Do keep “on message”. Emphasise the positive and early detection focus.
  • Avoid personal stories, unless you feel it is really appropriate and you won’t get emotional. Don’t overshare your own details.
  • Do try to get into a conversation and try to get across the key points
  • Familiarise yourself with the background information
  • Feel comfortable. Wear comfy shoes, drink plenty of water and take comfort breaks.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION – Only use this information when necessary. Don’t frighten people

  • Bowel Cancer is the 2nd largest cancer killer – more than road accidents
  • 16,000 people each year die of Bowel cancer
  • More people die from Bowel cancer than breast or prostate cancer
  • BUT survival statistics are high if detected early. The 5 year survival rate is 60%

CONTACTS ON THE DAY :-

Denise Savage sdsavage16@gmail.com 07816 329996
Ernie Milner emilner@ntlworld.com 07733 103940
Jackie Arkwell jackiearkwell@yahoo.co.uk 07967049988
Carolyn Phelps carolyn.phelps@albioninthecommunity.org 07880 195514
Chris Penny c.penny@nhs.net 07967 028578
Geoff Brown gbrown@macmillan.org.uk
Sarah Back lower.gi.macmillanrsch@bsuh.nhs.uk 01273 696955 ext64349