Volunteers' Week 1-7 June
Volunteers’ Week is a chance for everyone at Macmillan to say a huge thank you to our amazing volunteers. From joining a fundraising group to using their cancer experience to make a difference, thousands of people give their time unpaid to help people affected by cancer across the UK.
Highlights from Volunteers’ Week 2014:
2014 was particularly special for two reasons: we celebrated the 30th anniversary of Volunteers' Week and we held a Volunteer Awards ceremony to thank our exceptional volunteers.
One of the volunteer groups we celebrated this Volunteers’ Week was the DMU Volunteering Group at De Montford University. Christine Mungoshi and Shabiha Vayani are pictured below, accepting the award.
Lynda Burton, Macmillan direct volunteering services manager in the East Midlands, said: 'Volunteers’ Week is a chance for us to say a huge thank you to our amazing volunteers who give their time to make a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. Thanks to volunteers, Macmillan can be there for even more people so they don’t have to go through it alone.'
Christine said: 'It is such a great pleasure for our team to have won this prestigious award. We are ecstatic, this is a great honour. I also congratulate my fellow team mates for their selflessness and compassion; an attribute which drives the volunteering spirit. Balancing our university work load and volunteering was not always easy, but we did it.'
You helped raise £183 million in 2013 - this is helping to fund vital cancer services.
You applied for 3,700 volunteer opportunities via our Volunteering Village
We set up 47 new schemes around the UK to get volunteers helping people affected by cancer with everyday tasks, and you helped us do it
We started a partnership with Glasgow Life to bring information and support to the city’s 33 libraries, with 130 of you getting involved as Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries volunteers
And in 2014, we launched our pilot of a new online service called Team Up that matches volunteers in Brighton with those needing a helping hand.
You’re essential to everything that we do and you made a real difference.
A few words from our Head of Volunteering
'Volunteers make an outstanding contribution to Macmillan in many ways; befriending, raising millions of pounds and giving voice to our campaigns or directly helping out people affected by cancer in their community. We simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them.
Our research [PDF] has shown that 1 in 4 people living with cancer in the UK lack support from family or friends during their treatment or recovery. Thanks to our volunteer’s dedication and commitment, we can be there for even more of them – so they don’t have to go through it alone.
So I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers for making a difference through being part of Macmillan.' - Joelle Leader, Head of Volunteering at Macmillan.
Whether you've got a few minutes or a few months, there are lots of things you can do for Macmillan. Here are some ideas:
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If you would like to share your volunteering stories or photos with other volunteers why not join our Online Community group?