Direct services volunteer
At Macmillan, we provide lots of opportunities for volunteers to help people with cancer at home and in the community. Here are a few small things that you could do to make a big difference.
Provide emotional support
Many people with cancer feel isolated, especially if they’re not able to leave the house as much. Just by volunteering to pay someone a visit or giving them a call, you can help them feel less alone.
Help with everyday tasks
These tasks could include helping people with their shopping, housework or gardening. For many people feeling unwell or going through treatment, day to day activities like this aren’t as simple as they used to be.
Keep someone company
Another way you can help is by accompanying people with cancer to things like their appointments. By volunteering in this way, you’ll be providing much-needed moral support at a very difficult time.
Why Ron volunteers
Ron (pictured above) volunteers for a befriending service in west London that helps people with cancer who are feeling alone. He says:
'It’s truly very rewarding and gives you a lot of self-belief. You also meet volunteers of all ages, each with a common desire to help others.'