Resources for volunteers

We have resources to help you feel confident when supporting people living with and affected by cancer while volunteering.

Ways we can support you

Help to understand cancer

You don’t need to be an expert to support people living with cancer, but a little understanding goes a long way.
Sign up for our cancer awareness training, read advice on what to say to someone who has cancer and browse our resources below.

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Volunteer handbook (PDF)

Our volunteer handbook is packed with information and includes important contacts, such as Macmillan's Safeguarding team.

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Online cancer information

Our information is free, written by experts and covers everything from diagnosis and treatment to supporting someone with cancer.

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Printed booklets

You can order printed booklets and other resources online, completely free, or by calling us on 0300 1000 200.

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Volunteer stories

Read personal stories from volunteers, friends and family about how they were affected by a loved one's cancer.

Share your story with us

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We want to hear from you

We want all our volunteers to feel involved and have their say. Whether it's joining our Volunteer Forum or sharing your cancer story, you'll be helping to change the future of cancer care.

Find out more

Support for your well-being

We're here to support your well-being as a volunteer. If a conversation upsets you, please get in touch with your Macmillan contact or Volunteer Manager to talk it through.

You may find it brings up thoughts or feelings about your own cancer experience. If you would like to talk, call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am - 8pm).

You can also visit our Key Tools resource on LearnZone, which includes tips on looking after your well-being.

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