What to expect from a face-to-face support event

Here we answer your frequently asked questions about our face-to-face support events.

Our face-to-face support events are a chance to meet other women with ovarian cancer and talk to experts in a relaxed and inspirational environment.

We know many of you have questions before coming to one of our events, so we hope you can find the answers you're looking for here. If you have a question that we haven't covered, please feel free to email our Support Services team: info@targetovariancancer.org.uk

What can I expect from a Being Together day or Supporting You event?

Our support events are feel-good day long events for any woman who has had a diagnosis of any type of ovarian cancer, including primary peritoneal cancer and fallopian tube cancer. 

We hold five or six events a year across the UK and each one is slightly different, but all aim to give you the chance to meet other women, find out about the support available to you and attend workshops on living well. Event size varies, on average about 40–60 women and their guests attend.

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

What should I bring to the event?

Unless you've been asked to bring specific items for a workshop that you've chosen, you don't need to bring anything with you on the day. A week before the event we'll send you the final joining instructions and a map to the venue, but you don't need these to register on the day. We'll provide you with a pen, paper and handouts on arrival.

Will I know anybody there?

You may recognise some people from your treatment or you may meet new people at the event. If you'd like to chat to other women attending ahead of the day, then you can join our online community. In Touch is our private Facebook group which allows you to speak to other women with ovarian cancer wherever you are in the UK. Many women on the group attend our support events, so you can speak to them about what to expect and see if they're attending. 

What should I wear?

You're welcome to wear whatever you feel comfortable in, and if specific clothes are required (for example if you've chosen to attend a yoga session), then we'll let you know in advance. If you'd like to see what other women wear, check out photos from past events on our Facebook page or Instagram highlights.

I have additional requirements, for example eyesight, hearing or mobility concerns. What should I do?

You can let us know of any requirements or concerns you have when filling out the booking form. We'll always try our best to accommodate your needs, but if you'd like to discuss anything with a member of the Supportive Services team, you can call on 020 7923 5475 or email us: info@targetovariancancer.org.uk.

Do I have to stay for the whole day? 

Our events are designed to offer a range of activities and sessions, so if you can stay for the whole day then please do. We understand if you need to arrive late or leave early for any reason, whether it's due to transport, childcare, medical appointments or if you're not feeling well enough, so just let us know if this is the case.

Will there be food and refreshments?

We always offer several refreshment breaks at our events and at the majority there will also be a seated lunch. We'll send the agenda to you around a week before, so you'll know what refreshment breaks to expect. As the venues provide the food, we can’t guarantee what will be available ahead of an event but please let us know of any allergies or requirements you have on your booking form, so we can ask the venue to cater for this.

What workshops will I be able to attend?

We work with local healthcare professionals and service providers to deliver the workshops, so the content will differ depending on the location of the event. We'll be in touch to let you choose which workshops you'd like to attend. We do our best to accommodate your preferences but workshops are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We have offered a range of topics at past events, such as coping with anxiety, diet and nutrition, managing fatigue, and sex and intimacy.

What happens if I get upset during the event?

Our events are positive days, but if for some reason you do become upset then you can step out of a session at any time. There will be Target Ovarian Cancer staff on hand and often clinical nurse specialists are available if you want a chat. If you'd like to discuss anything after an event, then you can call our support line on 020 7923 5475. If you can't call, or prefer to write things down, you can fill out our contact form and one of our nurse advisers will be in touch.

What happens after the event?

We're keen to ensure that the support we offer isn't limited to just one day. We hope that you leave the event feeling more confident and empowered to ask for support from your clinical team and from us.

If you'd like to keep in touch with us after an event, you can sign up for our free e-newsletter. We can also support you if you wish to get involved in other areas of the charity such as awareness-raising, campaigning and fundraising.

Following the event, we'll be in touch to see what impact the day had and remind you of the services that we offer – you can order our free information guides, contact our support line, join our private Facebook group In Touch, and of course attend another support event