West Midlands Hub Why did Ovacome set up a support hub in the West Midlands? Because our members asked us to! As a member-led charity, we had to act when members told us (during our consultation in early 2018) that they needed more regional, accessible support. We spent the summer researching local support services and population information in the West Midlands, and in November 2018 we applied for National Lottery funding through the People’s Projects programme. Success relied upon a public vote held in April 2019, which we were delighted to win! We received funding in May, started recruiting and setting up the office base over the summer, and our West Midlands Hub Co-ordinator, Laura Nott, joined the team in September 2019. Since then she has been mapping local hospitals, cancer support centres and support groups across the region, looking at how we can collaborate with existing services or partner with others to create new support services where needed. Our overall goal is to improve the experience of anyone affected by ovarian cancer in the West Midlands. Our three main aims are to: reduce the isolation of those affected by ovarian cancer. increase collaboration between local support services. raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. . Where are you based? In a lovely office in The White House Cancer Support Centre, 10 Ednam Road, Dudley, DY1 1JX. If you’re passing nearby, give Laura a call on the number below to check that she’s in, then pop in for a cup of tea and a chat. .. Which areas do you cover? Though the office base is in Dudley, we are here for the whole region. We have started with the seven local authority areas within the West Midlands county (Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell, Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry) but we will also be offering support services to the five surrounding counties across the wider West Midlands region: Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire. . What services do you provide? Anyone affected by ovarian cancer in the West Midlands will be supported to access Ovacome’s UK-wide services, such as the telephone support line (call 0800 008 7054, Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Tuesday until 8pm), the online forum or specialist video call support groups, such as the Younger Women’s Support Group. Additionally, we are looking at what unique services are needed in the West Midlands and setting up new face-to-face support groups, such as a group in Coventry in partnership with Clinical Nurse Specialists from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. We also offer free awareness-raising talks for community groups, or our 'Ovacome at Work' workplace talks for local businesses and organisations. If you are interested in booking a free talk, please get in touch with Laura using the contact details below. . What’s coming up? We have a calendar of support events across the region in 2020. If you would like to book a place at any of these events, head over to our events page. . How can we contact you? Please call Laura, our West Midlands Hub Co-ordinator, on 07586 899334 or email her at [email protected] . *Cover photo taken at the Ovacome West Midlands Hub launch on 16 January 2020. Actor Nina Wadia attended this event to show her support for those affected by the disease in the local area.