Expressions of interest for community funding

Expressions of interest for our ‘barriers to cancer screening campaign’ have now closed. We will contact those organisations that submitted an expression of interest shortly. Details about the campaign can be found below.


NHS cancer screening programmes can help to diagnose cancer or risk of cancer earlier and improve the likelihood of successful treatment. There are three national cancer screening programmes in England.

  • Cervical screening
    • The NHS cervical screening programme in England is offered to people with a cervix aged from 25 to 64. Routine screening is offered every three years up to 49 years of age and every five years from 50 to 64 years of age.
  • Breast screening
    • Breast screening is offered to women aged 50 to their 71st birthday in England. You’ll be invited for screening within three years of your 50th birthday
  • Bowel screening.
    • men and women aged 60-74 are sent a home testing kit every two years to collect a small sample of poo to be checked for tiny amounts of blood which could be caused by cancer. 

Screening tests can detect a problem early, before you have any symptoms. Finding out about a problem early can mean that treatment is more effective.

What we are looking to fund – how you can help

Screening rates vary across NW London and we are keen to hear from as many residents as possible to understand the barriers to attending screenings.  This will enable us to shape future activity to provide reassurance, to enable residents to make informed decisions about their healthcare and to hopefully increase screening rates in the area leading to improved health outcomes.

With our funding we are looking to commission a number of groups/organisations in each borough to help us gather feedback. 

We are looking to provide £1-3,000 per organisation but will consider higher bids if you are covering multiple areas or groups.

The funding is specifically for activity which will explore barriers to attending the three national screenings.  This could include events, community conversations, online activity etc.


Who do we want to reach - Audiences and demographics

We want to reach as many people as possible.  As outlined in the background above, the groups entitled to attend screenings are:

Cervical screening – All women aged 25-64

Breast screening – All women aged 50-71

Bowel screening – All men and women aged 60-74


How we will support you - Training and resources

If you are successful in your funding bid then we will invite you to a webinar where we will talk through our key messages and share our existing resources with you. 

We anticipate being able to provided printed materials to explain about how to get screenings, in different languages, so this does not need to be factored into your funding plan.

You will also be provided with a point of contact for any queries that arise during the project.


How will be measure success – reporting and evaluation

You will be expected to evidence the activity you have undertaken and provide a report outlining the verbatim feedback you’ve heard during your outreach work.

Templates will be provided and we will keep this as simple as possible to ensure that the majority of your time is focussed on delivery.

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