People in Wolverhampton are being encouraged to become Cancer Champions and help improve awareness around cancer screening and early diagnosis in their communities.

Cancer Research UK and the Black Country Integrated Care Board are offering free training to give people the knowledge and confidence to have conversations about cancer prevention, myth busting and to help breakdown fears and barriers. 

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing, said: "We know that the earlier a cancer is detected, the better the outcome for the people involved.

"By becoming a Cancer Champion you will have the knowledge and confidence so that you can help raise awareness of cancer among family members, neighbours and colleagues, and hopefully improve outcomes for people living with cancer in Wolverhampton." 

Training will take place online over 3 sessions – Let’s Talk Cancer (Thursday 16 May, 9am to 11am), The Three Screening Programmes (Thursday 13 June, 9am to 11am) and Networks/Signposting (Thursday 11 July, 9am to 10.30am) – and will be delivered and supported by local GPs and cancer screening leads.  

Councillor Jaspal added: "No prior knowledge about cancer is required as full training will be given. You must be available to attend all 3 sessions to complete the training, and you will receive ongoing support afterwards. You may also receive invitations to any network event with other cancer champions across the Black Country to share good ideas and lessons learned."

Althea Wint, who took part in the training, said: "My confidence has grown since attending the Cancer Champion training online. It was fun and very interactive and l learnt so much. 

"I have received continuous ongoing support and mentoring. This training has helped me to support so many people within the community, and I am so proud to be a Cancer Champion."

For more details, please visit Let’s Talk About Cancer or contact Kassie Styche, Senior Engagement Specialist at the Black Country Integrated Care Board on 07471 711315 or via, or Ranjit Khular, Senior Public Health Specialist, on 07815 653792 or via

Watch a short video below with Cancer Champion Natsai Telfer talking about how and why she took on the role.