A woman asking a question at a Target Ovarian Cancer Ask the Experts event

Support events

Learn about the different types of support events we run, including how to sign up and what to expect.

Our support events offer you the chance to meet leading experts as well as other women with ovarian cancer. Our events are tailored so you can choose the type of support that suits you. We usually organise face-to-face events throughout the year, but at the moment, due to Covid-19, we're organising interactive digital events online.

Our digital events

During the coronavirus pandemic, we've rapidly adapted our services to deliver our support for you in different ways. Part of our new approach has been organising digital support through information events like Q&A webinars and wellbeing sessions like yoga, which you can join from the comfort of your own home. 

You can register to join our upcoming digital events for free or you can watch recordings of our events here.

Types of digital support events

Wellbeing sessions

Our digital wellbeing sessions take place every week through yoga on Zoom. The sessions are hosted by a qualified yoga instructor who has experience leading yoga for people with cancer, so you can join (whether seated or standing) in a way that feels right for you. Find out how to join a session.

Information events

Our digital information events offer expert advice for women living with ovarian cancer, their families and friends. You can register to join our events live and ask your questions as part of this interactive digital experience, or you can watch back past events to catch up on what you may have missed.

Our face-to-face support events 

Covid-19 update: Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, in line with government advice, we've taken the difficult decision to postpone our planned face-to-face support events. The safety of those wishing to attend is of the utmost importance to us, so we're continuously reviewing these guidelines and aim to hold these events at a later date.

Our support events aim to give you the chance to meet other women, find out about the support available to you and attend workshops on living well. 

We hold five or six events a year across the UK. We try to cater to as many women as we can, so plan events where we know there is a need for support. We're proud to work closely with your clinical nurse specialists and other local health professionals when planning our events, to make sure they're beneficial to all who attend. 

Women at all stages of diagnosis are welcome at our support events. Some who attend have just been diagnosed, others have just finished treatment and some are a number of years past diagnosis.

What to expect

We know that attending an event with people that you've never met before, and discussing something as personal as an ovarian cancer diagnosis, can be daunting. We often hear from women who say that they were nervous before an event, but that with hindsight there was no reason to be!

This is my third Target Ovarian Cancer event so I'm really looking forward to it. I remember three years ago in Glasgow having lots of concerns! All unfounded.

A woman with ovarian cancer

Watch our film to find out more about our events. We've also made a list of frequently asked questions to help you to know what to expect from a face-to-face support event

Types of face-to-face support event

Being Together

Our Being Together days are positive and informal events for all women who've had a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. The main aim of these events is to allow you to meet others with ovarian cancer, find out about the latest news in treatment and research from health professionals and take part in workshops. 

We offer workshops on living well, focusing on a range of topics such as coping with anxiety, diet and nutrition, managing fatigue, and sex and intimacy. We also aim to have a panel of local clinicians at our Being Together days to give you the opportunity to have your questions answered by the experts. 

Our Being Together days are about encouraging and supporting women with ovarian cancer, but you're welcome to bring one guest if you'd like some additional support on the day. Places at our events are limited, so women with ovarian cancer will have priority. 

Supporting You

Our Supporting You events are a great opportunity to meet other women with similar experiences in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment. You can also attend workshops which focus on the psychological and emotional impact of an ovarian cancer diagnosis. 

A cancer diagnosis can be frightening, and the impact on self-esteem and the increased pressure on relationships, can lead to feelings of loneliness and anxiety for some women. The workshops at our Supporting You events offer support on these issues, covering topics such as body image, sexuality and relationships, early menopause and hormone replacement therapy and coping with anxiety.

Our Supporting You events are usually slightly smaller than our Being Together days, as only women that have received a diagnosis join us.

Ask the Experts Conference

Our flagship Ask the Experts conference takes place every two years and connects the UK's leading clinicians with women affected by ovarian cancer. This is the biggest research-based ovarian cancer conference, and people travel from all over the UK to attend. The conference is open to all women with ovarian cancer, along with their friends and relatives, with presentations from the UK’s leading health professionals.

Our latest Ask the Experts Conference took place at the University of Reading in September 2018. Read about the day and watch videos from the experts who attended.

Future events

We announce dates for our events throughout the year. If you can't find a face-to-face event local to you or want to receive updates for our upcoming digital events, sign up to our e-newsletter to receive regular updates and event announcements. You can also keep an eye out for event updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on our private Facebook group, In Touch.