Volunteer News

Welcome to our quarterly newsletter – by our volunteers, for our volunteers.

We hope you find this issue of Volunteer News just as inspiring as we find you. Why not connect with us on Twitter and Facebook to let us know what you think? 

Got a story you'd like to share? Email volunteernews@macmillan.org.uk

Did you solve the riddle in our email? The answer was The Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer – well done to all those who worked it out! If you didn’t receive our quarterly Volunteer News email but would like to, you can sign up by going to your My Macmillan account and changing your communication preferences.


Volunteer Kate pictured outside.

Volunteering by the book

Books about cancer can help people feel less isolated – but how do you know which would be most useful? Macmillan’s volunteer Book Reviewers have been helping people to choose books for a decade now, so we’re celebrating their fantastic contribution.

Find out how Kate makes her time matter >

Pharmacist Sanajy laughing.

Essential over-the-counter support

When cancer affects your everyday life, it’s great to be able to access support in everyday places. That’s exactly what volunteers at Boot UK have been providing in two unique roles: Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisers and Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacists.

Meet the volunteers supporting people on the high street >

Volunteer Anne pictured outside.

Make a big difference with small talk

If you’ve had cancer yourself, you know how lonely it can be. Not only can sharing your story with people in the same boat offer them reassurance, but it can also be cathartic for you. We meet a team of volunteer buddies in Bath making a difference.

Check out Anne's inspiring story >

Volunteer Andy at a cheer point.

Look at what you've achieved

Volunteers helped Macmillan make huge leaps and bounds in 2017, so we are celebrating all your successes in a publication called A year of magical moments. It’s packed with brand new stats and stories guaranteed to make you feel proud.

Discover what we achieved together >

Information and Support Centre Volunteer, Usha, speaking to another person.

GDPR: what every volunteer should know

Looking after people’s data is key to maintaining Macmillan’s reputation, so we need all volunteers to understand the new General Data Protection Regulation and how it impacts their role. If you haven’t already, please complete our quick online training session.

Read why GDPR is so important >