BLOG: Being a Breast Cancer UK Ambassador is rewarding
Published 2 May 2018
Our Ambassador Programme has been running for nearly two years now and our amazing network of Ambassadors across the country have been doing a fantastic job at showing people how easy it is to make simple changes in their everyday lives.
By doing this, it is possible to start on a journey to a healthier and happier life free from disease.
Since the programme started in 2016 we have held 4 training days and trained nearly 40 volunteers to go out into their communities to spread the word of breast cancer prevention.
There are still places for our next Training Day on Saturday 12 May. Book your place here.
What does a Breast Cancer UK Ambassador do?
Our Ambassadors are committed to a future where fewer women get breast cancer and incidence rates start to come down. Breast cancer is a serious subject and one which has brought sadness and heartache to so many. However, our Ambassadors enjoy showing people that it’s not just bad luck – in fact according to Cancer Research UK, 1 in 4 breast cancers are preventable. But if you don’t know the risk factors and what to do, then it’s not so easy.
Our Ambassadors do tell people the risk factors for breast cancer (accepted and areas of concern) and explain how breast cancer develops. However, the most important part of their presentation is to share small changes which anyone can adopt in their daily life. It might be choosing some alcohol-free days, upping the exercise, choosing different cosmetics, using natural cleaning products, growing your own veg without chemicals. The good news is that all these things are easy to do, they’ll make you feel great and they don’t need to cost you more.
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What’s it like being an Ambassador?
We have volunteers of all ages working with us – some have had breast cancer themselves and others are passionate about prevention and helping others lead healthier lives. But let two of our Ambassadors tell you themselves.
Janet Wilson came to our very first Training Day in July 2016 and has been one of our most enthusiastic Ambassadors since!
“Prevention is better than cure” is a great motto and it is also what makes Breast Cancer UK great. As an Ambassador I can now be part of a movement to empower people to make their life better. I love it and people who listen to my talks love it too – or at least it gets them thinking. Join us and get empowering!”
Darryl Edwards came to our last training day in November and has already done a number of talks for us, including one for the Royal Association for Deaf People, which included having his presentation interpreted by a signer.
“Several individuals close to me have suffered and are suffering from breast cancer, I feel a need to dispel some of the myths in relation to cancer and give guidance in an evidence-based manner on reducing one’s risk of this disease.”
A volunteering opportunity which can change someone else’s life and yours too
We all want to prevent breast cancer, to prevent the agony that is felt when one of our close friends or family is diagnosed and, whilst we are glad to see more women surviving breast cancer, we would all rather none of them had to go through it in the first place.
Breast Cancer UK Ambassadors are offered the chance to help make this a reality. At our training day you will find out about the known and suspected risk factors for breast cancer. You will receive an Ambassador Kit fully equipped with a PowerPoint presentation for you to use, a short film, a Quiz plus other resources, guidance, leaflets and publications to help you in your role. We will also make sure you receive ongoing support and help to find and present talks in your community.
As well as sharing information, you can become part of a growing community of people who are not prepared to accept that breast cancer is inevitable, but that we can take action to reduce our risk. In doing so, we hope that breast cancer incidence rates will eventually start to fall.
Join us on for our Training Day on 12 May
If this type of volunteering opportunity is appealing, join us at our next Training Day on 12 May or register your interest in a future date if you can’t make it in May. Full information and the online booking form are here.