We're committed to your wellbeing
Without the amazing efforts of volunteers like you, Macmillan wouldn’t be able to support millions of people affected by cancer. We understand that the happier you are, the more motivated you will feel in your volunteer role. That’s why we are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our volunteers.
We’re so grateful for the precious time you so kindly give and we want to make sure that we take care of you in return. As a result, we’ve compiled some fantastic resources on LearnZone, which are guaranteed to boost your emotional wellbeing and keep you firing on all cylinders.
What’s more, we’ve also been piloting an exciting new training course for those with roles in our Direct Volunteering Services (DVS), called Promoting Wellbeing and Preventing Burnout. It’s designed to empower DVS volunteers to maintain good levels of emotional resilience when offering emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer. If it proves successful, we hope to develop more similar training in the future.
Volunteer News spoke with Sandra (pictured above), a head and neck cancer volunteer providing emotional support at the chemo and radiotherapy departments at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Her volunteer group is the first of its kind in the country and she went on the Wellbeing training course. 'I found it a really useful course to attend,' she says. 'I learned how important it is for all volunteers to look after themselves – it’s something that’s easy to forget. It was also great to have the time and space to share experiences and self-care tips with volunteers from different backgrounds.’
If you want to make looking after yourself a priority, check out our wellbeing tips in the key tools for volunteers section on LearnZone (just click Start to begin).