Volunteer from home
There are so many ways in which you can volunteer for Macmillan. For some roles, you don’t even need to move from the comfort of your own sofa, as Mabel (pictured above) discovered when she became a cancer book reviewer.
There are so many ways in which you can volunteer for Macmillan. For some roles, you don’t even need to move from the comfort of your own sofa, as Mabel discovered when she became a cancer book reviewer.
'After I received a cancer diagnosis, I went along to a local cancer support group,’ says Mabel. ‘Later on, when I retired, I decided that I needed to fill in my time and I wanted to give something back to Macmillan. That’s when I registered as a Cancer Voice and the opportunity to become a book reviewer arose.’
Macmillan’s Cancer Voices are people who have been affected by cancer in some way and use their experiences to help shape the future of cancer care. This includes a range of roles, from giving talks in schools to campaigning for policy change to reviewing cancer information materials, like Mabel.
Book reviewers serve a vital function because they help Macmillan to advise our cancer information services and public libraries about which books about cancer to stock.
'I have been sent a range of books to review, including books on treatment, personal stories, books for children and young people, and poetry,’ says Mabel. ‘I love reading and I can put a book down and come back to it later. The beauty of this role is that I can do it at my own leisure. It is really easy to fit this around my other commitments.’
'What's more, because we can keep the books we review, I’ve been able to create a library and pass books onto friends who I’ve thought might find them useful. It is nice to know that you are helping others – it gives you the feel-good factor.'
Fancy becoming a book reviewer yourself or finding another role that you can take on from the comfort of home? Search for roles and find out more in the Volunteering Village.