We are excited to announce an opportunity to join us for the DAISy-PCOS Leadership Programme supported with public engagement funding from the Wellcome Trust and carried out by our multidisciplinary team at the Institute of Metabolism & Systems Research (IMSR), with the support of specialists working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

We are looking for passionate volunteers to join our team to advocate alongside us for health equality & a greater awareness of PCOS! Including helping us design future public engagement events and activities on PCOS.

For more details about this opportunity and what it involves, please see https://bit.ly/2XZfkSe or feel free to contact our Public Engagement Manager, Caroline, who will be very happy to chat with you and tell you more: c.d.t.gillett@bham.ac.uk

Anyone with PCOS can apply, but we are especially keen to encourage Midlands-based British South-Asian & South Asian women and College & University students of any ethnicity to take part. Please share far & wide – we need you!

If you want to know more or get involved email Caroline, the DAISy-PCOS Community & Public Engagement Manager: c.d.t.gillett@bham.ac.uk

We are really grateful to have been given support from the Wellcome Trust to deliver a public engagement programme linked to the DAISy-PCOS research project. Our aims are to raise awareness of the lifelong metabolic nature of the PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), using our activities and sharing our platforms with women who have the condition, to collectively help reduce misunderstanding and stigma associated with PCOS. Ultimately, we hope our engagement activities and efforts will go some way towards improving health equality for women with PCOS.

Our programme breaks down into 3 broad sets of activity:

As part of this, we are working with charity partners (Cysters, Verity & PCOS Vitality) to develop a number of activities and we are looking for women with PCOS who are interested in volunteering to support us with community events and advocacy. Most of our activity is centred on the West Midlands region, but we will also be launching an arts-based crowd sourcing project and for this we are looking for contributions from women with PCOS all over the world! We would love it if you’d take part, no matter how little you feel you can contribute.

Connect with us on Twitter & Instagram @daisypcos – even just a Retweet or Follow helps show your support for our research and engagement, as well as of course women with PCOS!

“Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.”

– What is Public Engagement? Definition from the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement