Learning and development for volunteers

When you volunteer with Macmillan, you will get access to free learning and development opportunities, including face-to-face and online training courses.

We want our volunteers to make the most of their time with us. That's why we offer a wide range of learning and development opportunities. They are designed to help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to support people living with cancer.

Read on to find out about all the ways we support your learning and development as a Macmillan volunteer.


Your induction to volunteering

It's okay to feel nervous and have lots of questions when you start something new - and that's the same for volunteering. Don't worry, we’ll be there to support you and make sure it all goes smoothly.

As part of your Macmillan induction, you will get a copy of our Volunteer handbook with lots of useful info. We'll also introduce you to your team and anybody you might be volunteering with. 

Your induction will cover the following topics:

  • getting to know Macmillan
  • talking to people living with cancer
  • how Macmillan keeps data safe 
  • equity, diversity and inclusion  
  • how your volunteering makes a difference.

Sign up or log into LearnZone to start your online induction.

Useful resources

Here are some resources to help your as a volunteer:

  • Volunteer handbook [PDF] - Your go-to resource for all things volunteering at Macmillan. It is updated yearly, so make sure you check back for the newest edition.
  • Development path [PDF] - Identify the skills or knowledge areas you want to develop, and find opportunities.
  • Buddy scheme guidance [Word] - A guide to finding and building a supportive relationship, enabling you to learn from other volunteers like you.
  • be.macmillan – Make your own event posters, order free cancer information and find out about our brand.

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