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Become a Bowel Cancer Community Health Champion

Source By: Community African Network

We are recruiting volunteers to become Community Health Champions for the Bowel Cancer awareness and screening programme focusing on the Black African community in Hackney. As a Champion you will create awareness about Bowel Cancer and work in partnership with GP surgeries to encourage the target group to undertake screening.


If you are interested in becoming one of our Champions email: or call 020 7923 8391 and ask for Oladapo. Ability to speak a second language is desirable for this role but not compulsory (Swahili, Somali, Yoruba or French).


Find attached further information.



Children's Supervisor

Source By:Akwaaba

Akwaaba is looking for experienced volunteer youth/children’s workers to help us plan, manage and take responsibility for the children’s sessions at Akwaaba. Each week two children’s supervisors plan, manage and take responsibility for the children’s session.

Supervisors will need to co-supervise children’s sessions once a month and then help out as a children’s volunteer once a month too. Sessions take place on Sunday afternoons. The shift times for co-supervisors are 1-7pm, whilst children’s volunteers can volunteer between 1-5.30pm or 1.30-6.30pm.

We try to organise fun and engaging activities for around 40 children age 3-14 every Sunday, whilst also making sure that they remain supervised and safe. Most of our young members are living in severe poverty and some have had traumatic experiences. Many of the children we work with are therefore particularly vulnerable.

We’d really like to hear from you if you have experience (or interest in) working with children and young people at risk of exclusion and/or with psychological, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Responsibilities of the role

The following responsibilities will be split equally between co-supervisors on any given week:

– Planning 6 activities for the session you co-supervise once a month (including preparing/sourcing materials and resources).
– Setting up and cleaning up the children’s space
– Managing 6-8 children’s volunteers during the session
– Ensuring that the session is running safely (e.g. maintaining order and dealing with disruptive situations)

Contact to apply or for further information. 

Breast Cancer campaign

Source By: Queen Mary University of London

Doctors warn that breast cancer is still seen as a white woman’s disease

(includes videos – see case studies)

London, 16 May 2018: Clinicians and researchers at Queen Mary University of London and the Homerton Hospital are encouraging black women to visit their GP if they notice any changes in their breasts. The call comes following the publication of a Queen Mary research paper which shows that among black women, breast cancer is often still perceived as “a disease of whiteness”.

The study, published in Social Science & Medicine, is based on a series of 20 focus groups with 100 black women aged between 25 and 50. The women reported a relatively low level of awareness about the prevalence of breast cancer among black women, and referred to “the whiteness of the media coverage of breast cancer”.

Since the introduction of new therapies and the National Health Breast Screening Programme in 1988, deaths from breast cancer have declined by 40 per cent. However, despite huge progress in detecting and treating breast cancer, there are still significant disparities in mortality rates, according to Stephen Duffy, Professor of Cancer Screening at Queen Mary.

“I think with black women there is a tendency to forget they are at a similar risk of breast cancer, slightly lower compared to white women, but it has been noticed they sometimes get a faster growing type of cancer. So it’s all the more important to catch it earlier and get it treated,” says Professor Duffy.

While breast cancer incidence is lower among black women in the UK, survival rates are also lower. Up to the age of 45, a black woman is about as likely as a white woman to develop breast cancer, after which the risk among black women does not increase in the same way as it does in white women. However, for black women who do develop the disease, they are more likely to develop it at a younger age than their white counterparts and it is more likely to be oestrogen receptor negative and therefore more aggressive.

Dr Markus Ornstein is a retired consultant breast surgeon, and honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary. He says: “There’s good evidence now that young black women get more advanced and difficult to treat breast cancers. Breast cancer is more common in white women certainly, but when it occurs in black women they are younger and tend to have a more aggressive type. If you’re concerned, then there is no place for ifs or buts: you have to get examined. The vast majority of the lumps we see are not cancer – but that’s not a reason to stay silent and hope for the best. Look out for changes in your breasts, and don’t hesitate to go to your GP.”

Lucy Carter is a GP in Hackney, in East London. She says there are often cultural barriers, including a stigma about cancer, that prevent black women from coming forward.

“I think as a GP it’s really important that black women do come to the doctors as soon as they are concerned about any symptoms. GPs are here to allay their concerns, examine them and we are always open. We know that black women may come in a little later over concerns about breast cancer, and they may have a more aggressive form - we really do need to pick these cases up earlier. The door is open, do come and do not be afraid. We are your first port of call.'

Press office contact

Neha Okhandiar

Public Relations Manager

Queen Mary University of London


Notes to the editor

Fear, family and the placing of emotion: Black women's responses to a breast cancer awareness intervention is published in, Social Science & Medicine, authored by:

  • Dr Tim Brown, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London
  • Professor Isabel Dyck, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London
  • Dr Beth Greenhough, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
  • Dr Menah Raven-Ellison, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London
  • Dr Melanie Dembinsky, Queen Mary University of London
  • Dr Markus Ornstein, Homerton University Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, London
  • Professor Stephen Duffy, Centre for Cancer Prevention, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London

Video case studies:

A message from doctors in South London

What happens at the fast track clinic

Breast cancer case study: Wendy

Breast cancer case study: Marjorie

Transcripts of the above videos can be downloaded here:

About Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading universities with 25,332 students representing more than 160 nationalities.

A member of the Russell Group, we work across the humanities and social sciences, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering, with inspirational teaching directly informed by our research. In the most recent national assessment of the quality of research, we were placed ninth in the UK amongst multi-faculty universities (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

As well as our main site at Mile End – which is home to one of the largest self-contained residential campuses in London – we have campuses at Whitechapel, Charterhouse Square, and West Smithfield dedicated to the study of medicine and dentistry, and a base for legal studies at Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

Queen Mary began life as the People’s Palace, a Victorian philanthropic project designed to bring culture, recreation and education to the people of the East End. We also have roots in Westfield College, one of the first colleges to provide higher education to women; St Bartholomew’s Hospital, one of the first public hospitals in Europe; and The London, one of England’s first medical schools.


Hackney Wick Overground station reopens following £25m revamp

Source By: Hackney Gazette

The Overground station near the Olympic Park now has a large ticket hall whose design architect Landolt Brown say has been drawn from the area’s industrial heritage.

There are also wide stairs, a new lift, and a pedestrian walkway from Wallis Road in Hackney to White Post Lane in Tower Hamlets.


Hackney Community Transport – your low-cost solution to transport

Source By: Hackney Community Transport

Hackney Community Transport is the founding part of leading social enterprise HCT Group. Our aim is to help our community to get out and about. We provide Group Transport – a low cost alternative to minibus hire for community groups, including accessible vehicles, all of which are an alternative to minicab hire for people with disabilities or mobility difficulties, as well as everyone else in the community!. We also operate a scooter loan programme in Camden, and offer minibus driver training (MiDAS) and more.

  • About Hackney Community Transport Hackney Community Transport (HCT) was originally founded in 1982 when around 30 local community groups in the London Borough of Hackney pooled their vehicle resources, providing low cost minibuses to help our community to get out and about. Community is at the heart of what we deliver – from our main office staff through to our committed and passionate drivers.
  • Minibus hire – a low cost alternative: We provide community groups, clubs and non-profit organisations in Hackney with a financially supported scheme to access cheap minibuses - Group Transport. This service is financially supported by Hackney Council and by money reinvested from HCT Group’s commercial contracts.
  • Cost of hiring a minibus – click the link Cost
  • Minibus driver training: We provide Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) training, helping our community group members driver vehicles themselves, saving on having to hire a driver with their vehicle. This service is financially supported by Hackney Council and by money reinvested from HCT Group’s commercial contracts. For a one off charge of £20 for Hackney Groups and Organisations, you could have a member of your team or a volunteer trained to drive one of our minibuses to take you to your events and activities

For further information please contact:

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