Put your skills to good use

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Did you know that you can use the professional skills you’ve developed in your career to help you volunteer? Volunteer News spoke to two volunteers who were thrilled to bring their expertise to their volunteering roles.

A role for every skillset

One of the wonderful things about volunteering for Macmillan is that you don’t need any special experience to do it. Many roles require nothing more than a healthy helping of energy and enthusiasm. However, if you’ve developed specific skills as part of your professional career, you can use them to make a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.

  • Organisational skills, for example, are ideal for Collections Coordinator volunteers. 
  • Public speaking skills could make you a brilliant Local Representative or Volunteer Speaker. 
  • If you’re a whiz with numeracy, you could make the perfect Fundraising Committee Treasurer or Group Secretary. 
  • Administrative ace? You’d be welcomed as an Admin Support Volunteer in one of our offices. 
  • Or, if you’re a customer service professional, perhaps you’ll find your calling volunteering on the Macmillan Support Line or in one of our information and support centres.

One thing you can be sure of is there’s something for every skillset.

Expertise in action

When Fiona McKay took on a Macmillan volunteer role as a Welfare Rights Champion, she drew upon the skills she’d gained from her professional role in the civil service. 

‘My volunteer role involved supporting people affected by cancer in their applications for Macmillan Grants,’ she says. ‘I called up the applicants to talk to them about why they wanted the grant, I did research to help bolster their application and then I summarised everything on the application form. Numerous administrative skills from the civil service helped me in this, including writing, reading, summarising, report writing and IT skills.'

Anna Bradshaw-Jones (pictured above), another Welfare Rights Champion volunteer and a Macmillan staff member was also pleased to use her professional skills in her volunteering role.

‘I was able to bring the empathetic skills I’d gained from a previous role into my volunteer role,’ she says. ‘It’s really rewarding to be able to offer practical, financial support to people who really need it. You never know when the skills you have will come in handy, and it’s amazing to be able to put them to good use.’

Why not join Fiona and Anna in using your specific skills and expertise to help Macmillan be there for even more people affected by cancer? It could be one of the most rewarding things you ever do.