Ovacome, ovarian cancer

Staying Connected, ovarian cancer online support

Staying connected provides 6+ online workshops per week and support groups to help those affected by ovarian cancer look after their health, wellbeing, remain safe, reduce feelings of isolation and feel supported. We provide community language resources and a support line with translation services.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1159682)

open_in_new https://www.ovacome.org.uk/
Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£42,500

Amount raised

£29,982

Donations

163

Championed by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

    Categories

  • CancerCancer
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Mental HealthMental Health

    Helping

  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • LGBTQAILGBTQAI
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

Ovarian cancer will affect 1 in 50 women in their lifetime. Symptoms are often vague and there is no screening programme, meaning that many people are diagnosed at a late stage. It can be a very isolating disease as it less common than other cancers. Many people with ovarian cancer are living with compromised immunity, and many others are not able to access support locally. This, compounded by the isolation and anxiety brought on by the pandemic, is why our online services are so vital.

Solution

Our sessions cover weekly Q&A, yoga, gentle exercise, crafts and choir workshops, support groups, clinical updates, trials information, up to date treatment options so they can better advocate for themselves and understand the changing treatment options. We record and transcribe sessions so people can listen back or be sent printed transcripts. We offer translation into community languages and large print to reduce barriers to accessing support and information for those who are disadvantaged.

  • I feel that Ovacome opened their arms and they embraced me, they guided me absolutely every step of the way. They saw me through chemo, the saw me through growing my hair back, They’d send me links, webinars, they talked to me, they were always at the end of the phone.

    — One of our members

  • The webinars are absolutely invaluable, the way they speak about it, the taboo subjects that you can’t pick up a phone and ask, they’ve already covered it, so it takes away you being scared because they walk you though each and everything.

    — One of our members

  • I so look forward to our Sunday choir sessions - it’s so lifting and Nav (Musical Director) keeps us all going with singing and laughter. Sunday afternoon is like a breathe of fresh air thanks to our on line choir and all my new friends too xx

    — One of our members

  • I would like to thank everyone who facilitated this Webinar and a particular 'thank you' to Professor for his most informative talk, he somehow managed to make a very complex subject somewhat clearer in my old mind!

    — One of our members