Beating bowel cancer together

Bowel cancer awareness talks

We offer free bowel cancer awareness talks to workplaces and community groups in all four nations of the UK. It doesn’t matter whether you are a private, public, or third sector organisation, or if you are a local meeting group, our talks can be adapted for any group.

What the talks cover

During the talk you will learn important facts about bowel cancer. The talk will also cover:

  • Signs and symptoms – learn about the five most common symptoms
  • Risk factors – discover what increases your risk
  • Prevention – get information on how to reduce your risk
  • Bowel cancer screening – learn about the NHS bowel screening programme and the importance of taking part

The talks last approximately 30 minutes and are delivered by our dedicated team of volunteers, many of whom have a personal connection to bowel cancer. Our volunteers can bring a paper 'flipchart' presentation or a memory stick, are happy to take non-medical questions and free bowel cancer information booklets will also be handed out at the end. Talks can also be tailored to the setting and time available.

We also deliver a specialised workshop for groups who have varying information needs, developed to be more accessible and take cultural differences into account.  You can find out more about these talks and enquire about bookings here. Please note that volunteer availability for this workshop may be limited.

Update March 2020

After careful consideration and in line with current government guidance on social distancing, we're pausing the booking of awareness talks and stands for now. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and will open up our talks again as soon as we can.

Meet our volunteers

Awards and testimonials

In 2017, we gave over 320 bowel cancer awareness talks throughout the UK. 99% of attendees who evaluated the talks found them very useful or quite useful. This is just one of the reasons why our awareness programme was recognised in 2015 with a prestigious award from the Royal Society of Public Health.

Here’s what others have said about our talks:

  • “The feedback from staff was excellent, and they all enjoyed the talk. Your volunteer was very knowledgeable and presented in an enjoyable way. Their personal story helped to make the presentation very real, and I think it will inspire people to look out for the symptoms, change their lifestyle, and ensure they undertake the screening test.“
  • “It's absolutely fantastic to see awareness of this illness being raised, especially when early detection is possible. My dad sent away his bowel screening kit at the end of last year, which resulted in bowel cancer being detected at a very early stage. It is so important to reinforce completing the screening test – there's absolutely no doubt that this saved my dad’s life.”
  • “Thank you so much for coming to talk to us. Everyone who was there said it was extremely beneficial and well presented. We are certainly more educated about how important the tests are for early detection and will really encourage people to do them.”

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