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Project information

Younger Women's Forums

Breast Cancer Care's Younger Women’s Forums are two day residential forums completely dedicated and tailored to the needs of women under the age of 45. Topics range from fertility issues and breast cancer treatment to talking to children about a diagnosis.

The Younger Women's Forums are an ongoing project each year.

Charity information: Breast Cancer Care

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  • Need


    The risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer has risen recently to one in eight. Although incidence increases with age, it's the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women under 35, who often have young children and dependent families.

    A diagnosis of breast cancer is devastating at any age and gives rise to many worries around body image, relationships and treatment options. Younger women with breast cancer will suddenly be forced to consider difficult life decisions and need support.


    Younger Women’s Forums are for patients up to the age of 45 who have recently been diagnosed with, or are undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The two day residential forum is structured around core sessions and optional workshops, allowing the opportunity to focus on the issues that are most important to her. The sessions and workshops are facilitated by specialist therapists and healthcare professionals as well as other women to develop personal support networks which combats isolation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give women under 45 who are diagnosed with breast cancer access to two day forums.


    » Breast Cancer Care to host at least six Younger Women Forums per year across the UK.

    What success will look like

    To deliver six Younger Women Forums throughout 2013 / 2014 in the following locations - Birmingham, Leeds, Cardiff, London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

  • Impact


    The attendees of each forum will feel more informed and supported to move forward with their breast cancer treatment.

    After each forum, Breast Cancer Care collates feedback from the attendees as well as the specialists and volunteers. The forums are analysed and updated to improve where possible.

    Success will be demonstrated by filling the 30 places available on each course.


    A risk for the Younger Women's Forums is that the available places will not be filled. We ensure that the availability of each event is communicated through the Breast Cancer Care website, extensive database, publications and Nursing Network.


    Donors to this project will receive an annual update to report on the ongoing and forthcoming activities as well as any necessary changes that have been made to the forums.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £104,346

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      Amount Heading Description
      £46,290 Venue & Accomodation Venue costs incl. overnight accommodation, catering
      £12,744 Forum Speakers Expert speakers and therapists
      £6,264 Staffing Costs Staff, client and volunteer expenses
      £39,048 Project Management & Marketing Management & implementation including recruitment

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    General Breast Cancer Care Fundraising £75,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Younger Women Forums are currently held across these six locations in the UK:
    Birmingham, Leeds, Cardiff, London, Manchester and Edinburgh.


    The six locations are selected as part of Breast Cancer Care's key location areas. These are areas where there are higher levels of breast cancer diagnosis and where we have relationships with local hospitals.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Breast Cancer Care is here for anyone affected by breast cancer. We bring people together, provide information and support and campaign for improved standards of care. Our unique strength lies in our approach, combining an understanding of people's experience of breast cancer with the clinical expertise of our team of specialist nurses. We care because we’ve been there, and we know how to help.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Stephanie Brayford

    UK-Wide Specialist Services Coordinator Project Manages the Younger Women's Forums as a full time staff member at Breast Cancer Care.

    Carol Townsend

    UK-Wide Specialist Services Coordinator