Welcome to our May monthly briefing. We trust you and your family are staying safe and have received your first vaccination and maybe even your second. This is the second of our new communication briefing, which we hope you will find useful; the information within it is for you, our key group contacts to use in your own newsletters and communications with your group members, and also for us to ask you for comments, thoughts, and information from time to time. We are going to press with the May issue of Prostate Matters shortly, so look out for your copy towards the end of the month
Helpful info and tips for you and your members Update on One Cancer Voice
Last month Tackle joined 46 other cancer charities to tell the governments a united message: we are ready to work with you to help plot a route out of the pandemic, and towards world leading cancer services.
We thought you’d be interested in the summary of coverage and our next steps.
As well as Newsbeat, it has been on BBC Breakfast, BBC News Channel, Radio 4 Today news, 5 Live breakfast and drive, national AM summaries, some BBC local radio outlets, plus a written piece for BBC News online and a digital video. It’s been covered by nationals including The Times, Mail Online, The Sun, The i, Evening Standard, The Guardian and Sky. Reach ran it across loads of their regional titles too. On twitter #OneCancerVoice reached approximately 2.87million people , so we think this demonstrates the value of collaboration
Tackle has joined Europa Uomo and more than 290 international, national and regional cancer organisations around the globe to offer support to governments in efforts to improve the situation for cancer patients globally in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an open letter, the organisations point out that the pandemic has severely disrupted cancer detection and care services globally, with 2020 seeing a 40% drop in cancer diagnoses.
38 degree has launched a petition: ‘Tackle the cancer backlog’
We shall be running a feature on PSA testing and the importance of our continued campaign to get a national screening programme in the next Prostate Matters. But in the meantime, we have come across these articles, which you and your members may find interesting:-
PSA population screening is back in favour: here’s why
Prostate Cancer Screening and the Role of PSA: A UK Perspective
We need your help Tackle Website refresh
We are excited to announce that we have engaged a digital agency to redevelop our website. So we can build a website that meets your needs as well as ensuring we can all reach and support more people with prostate cancer it is important that we get your views. We would be grateful if you could send this short survey out to your members. The closing date for responses is 18th May. The link for the survey is here, and all responses will go directly to our digital agency.
If you would like to comment or discuss any aspect of this briefing or would like more information on our new website, then please contact Sarah at email@example.com.
As we reported last month, Siobhán has taken over the editorship of Prostate Matters, so please do share your group news, ideas for articles as she wants to hear from you. Your feedback is vital, and we need you to tell us what’s important to you. We are always looking for case studies to help us raise awareness.
Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s Mental Health Awareness week starting on 10th May. The theme this year being ‘nature’
It’s time to get walking for National Walking Month
May is National Walking Month and now the evenings are lighter for longer, this makes it the perfect time to get outside, and get walking. Walking has a whole host of different health benefits that you can use to motivate you to introduce walking into your daily lives.
A Note From Sarah, our National Support and Development manager, I do hope you are all well, apologies for the lateness of this briefing, unfortunately, I had a bit of an accident jumping out of the shower, which had me laid up for a week. Slowly recovering now, but alas, I am a bit behind on tasks. As Ken said last month, this monthly briefing will change and adapt over the coming months, so please do let us know what you think, and give us suggestions for what would be useful.
At the last Support Group Leaders Network meeting, we talked about your feelings on reintroducing face to face meetings. People at the meeting discussed hybrid meetings, and from conversations I had already been having, I know that many groups can see the possibility of keeping Zoom meetings for Winter months, and also perhaps having a monthly Zoom followed by a face to face meeting. I would be really interested to hear more about your plans, what you see as opportunities, if you are encountering any issues or difficulties, and importantly what would be useful support from Tackle to help you relaunch your face to face meetings.
Please also remember that you can access up to £500 by making an application to our Small Grant fund once every 12 months, this can help you run your groups , and can be used to purchase equipment, advertising and marketing etc. If you would like more details, get in touch with me.
As we look to the future, we are very pleased to have started the work on refreshing our website and making more of our brand. In the conversations we have been having since I came into post, I have heard many of you tell me that it would make it easier for you to run your groups, if you didn’t have to ‘reinvent the wheel’ , and we could share share the great work that you are all doing, Therefore, one of the features we have asked the agency to provide for us is a new members only section. This will be a secure bit of the website for groups leads and committee members where we will keep all the assets such as templates for leaflets, posters, as well as a host of toolkits to help you do everything from reaching more diverse audiences, attracting volunteers, committee governance, raising awareness of your groups.
To make sure this meets your needs we are really keen to involve you as much as possible in this work, so alongside the survey we have asked you to send out to your members, we are also looking for people who would like to work with us on what this might look like and we can call upon whom to test various aspects of the new website . If you are interested then please let me know.
As always, as your federation, we are here to support you to run your groups. You can contact me on 07725 083533, or email me at email@example.com