You don’t have to donate money or run marathons to support people affected by cancer – there are all sorts of ways you can make a difference. And you can find all our volunteering opportunities at the Volunteering Village, a welcoming place online for anyone looking to share their time, energy and experience to help others.
The Village is easy to use and tailored to your needs, so you’ll have no trouble finding your way round. All you have to do is enter your postcode and you can start browsing through a list of opportunities in your area. Whether you can help someone with their shopping or lend a hand at one of our fundraisers, you’re sure to find something that’s right for you.
Wide range of roles
One of our volunteers, Vernon Finch, supports us by volunteering at the Kent Oncology Macmillan Information Centre. Vernon used to work as a chaplain, listening to patients at their bedside. And now he uses these skills to support people with cancer.
Vernon explains, ‘Once I’ve managed to start a conversation with a patient, I give them the opportunity to unload their burdens – which sometimes means a great deal. For me, the reward is seeing a patient who looked down or depressed smiling again by the end of the conversation. That’s important.’
Other volunteers provide more practical support, helping out with everyday things in the home. Jenny Chesbrough tells us why she signed up to volunteer in her local community, ‘I was at a bit of a loose end, so when I heard about this volunteering scheme I was very interested. I’m a practical person so knew it was something I could do.
‘I might clean windows, clean the bathroom or pop to the shops – whatever that person needs. But the day always ends with a chat over a cup of tea and a ginger biscuit. I’m happiest when I’m making a difference.’
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