WRDA’s ground breaking Breast, Cervical and Bowel Screening Awareness Programme was developed to tackle the low uptake of screening invitations by women living in some areas of Northern Ireland. The programme is delivered by Community Facilitators who have completed WRDA’s level 3 certificate in Learning and Development.

The programme aims to:
• Raise awareness regarding breast, cervical and bowel screening.
• Encourage participants to avail of screening services on offer.
• Explore and address fears surrounding screening processes.

Impact assessments have shown that participants are more likely to attend screening after participating in the programme.

It is delivered locally and is practical and interactive whilst conveying a high impact message.

The programme consists of 3 sessions:

Session 1 (Breast) looks at the importance of breast awareness and breast screening. Includes a practical demonstration on how to correctly check your breasts and explains the signs and symptoms to look for.

Session 2 (Cervical) highlights the benefits of regular cervical screening, as well as what happens at a smear test, and includes the types of results and what they mean.

Session 3 (Bowel) raises awareness of bowel cancer screening, what signs and symptoms to look out for, ways to reduce your risk of developing bowel cancer and how to take the screening test (this session is offered to both women and men’s groups).

The sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the group, i.e., the duration of the sessions, leaflets and learning tools that will be used.


For more information or to book a training session please contact:

For additional needs groups – Paula or Emma on 02890 230 212 or email at paula.murray@wrda.net or emma.gray@wrda.net

For Community Groups, Women’s Groups and Men’s Groups – Katherine on 02890 230 212 or email at katherine.robertson@wrda.net

The Programme is funded by the Public Health Agency