About Answer Cancer Champions

Answer Cancer Champions are a growing movement of people from all walks of life who live or work in Greater Manchester. Champions are united by their shared commitment to helping their communities tackle cancer. They are part of the Answer Cancer project, an NHS funded partnership of charities and social enterprises working together to raise awareness of cancer screening and the importance of early detection.

The role of a Champion is flexible so anyone can commit as much time or as little time as they wish. For some this might just be learning more about cancer screening programmes and signs and symptoms of cancer, so they can share this information in everyday conversations with their family, friends, colleagues and community members. Others might wish to take advantage of Answer Cancer’s training opportunities and get involved in activities such as making a radio show, public speaking or working on creative campaigns.

Answer Cancer has a team of staff dedicated to supporting Champions. Answer Cancer Champions receive full training, starting with information on cancer but also on other topics  including community research, digital engagement, and facilitation. We encourage Champions to be creative, and Answer Cancer staff are there to support Champions and help their  ideas become a reality.

The first step is in becoming an Answer Cancer Champion is to sign up online below and come along to one of our induction sessions which take place twice per month over Zoom. You can check when the next induction sessions are here.

As well as individuals, Answer Cancer also works with organisations to share cancer awareness messages in the communities they work with. If you’re involved with a community organisation and you’re interested in getting involved in this work, please click here to find out more about how you can sign up for free and become an Organisational Answer Cancer Champion. We are particularly keen to work with organisations who support BAME people, carers, disabled people, the LGBTQ community, those experiencing poor mental health, and individuals on a low income. These groups have particularly low levels of engagement with cancer screening services, and this is something which we need to improve.

If you have any additional questions please take a look at our FAQs, or contact us here.

Our aim is to recruit people across the region who will be at the heart of our growing network of cancer prevention work across Greater Manchester.

Answer Cancer Champions is a part of Answer Cancer, the Greater Manchester Screening Engagement Programme, a voluntary sector partnership working to improve cancer awareness and increase uptake of cancer screening across Greater Manchester. This programme is a partnership of four VCSE organisations with over 100 years’ experience of supporting people across Greater Manchester:

  • Salford CVS (on behalf of 10GM,  joint venture to support the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester)
  • Voluntary Sector North West
  • BHA for Equality in Health and Social Care
  • Unique Improvements social enterprise
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