Get support from local volunteers
Macmillan volunteer-led services are being set up to offer practical and emotional support delivered by volunteers to people affected by cancer. We want to make sure no one goes through cancer alone.
Direct Volunteering Services are an exciting new venture for Macmillan, training and supporting volunteers to provide services to people affected by cancer in their community. Complementing the work of Macmillan professionals and other local services, Macmillan volunteer-led services offer practical and emotional support – the little things that make a big difference to people affected by cancer.
The type of service that volunteers can provide depends on the needs of the local community, but typically roles will involve providing practical help such as:
housework such as cleaning, washing up and ironing
accompanying people to use local services.
And emotional help such as:
befriending or buddying
regularly phoning someone to check they are ok.
Volunteers are selected following training and are subject to appropriate background and police checks for their role.
The number of volunteering services we use will be increasing over the next three years. You can use the search tool to find out if there are any volunteering services close to you.
This search will also show cancer support groups that are close to you.
If someone you know is interested in becoming a Macmillan volunteer, they can use our search to find current volunteering opportunities.
Vera was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and received support from Jenny, a Macmillan trained volunteer.
‘I’d definitely recommend this service to other people. I didn’t know anything about it until my breast care nurse mentioned it and asked if I’d like to be referred to it.
I said yes, and a lovely lady called Jenny came to help with things I couldn’t do because of my surgery. She did shopping for me, ironing and the hoovering. It was wonderful.
And it was great to always know someone was coming at a particular time during the week.'
‘Jenny is also a lovely chatty person. So we’d often just sit and talk. Or we might have a go at a jigsaw puzzle, because Jenny likes to do jigsaw puzzles as well.
I was really pleased with the service and hope others can be supported by Macmillan in the same way.’