UK Volunteer Forum
It’s crucial that everyone who gives their time to us has the best possible experience. We want to make sure everyone feels they have a voice and an influence upon volunteering at Macmillan. That’s where our brand new UK Volunteer Forum comes in.
Set up to put volunteers at the very heart of our work by representing them and enabling more two-way communication, it’s a big deal for us. We found out more by chatting to the forum’s chairperson, Richard Bond, the Managing Director of an interior design consultancy and also an award-winning Macmillan volunteer.
‘I lost my father-in-law to prostate cancer. I was in my early twenties and the whole family was in a state of shock about what was happening. His Macmillan nurse was incredible at answering all of our questions, giving us advice about what to expect and stressing the need to behave normally around my father-in-law rather than walking on eggshells. It struck me then how powerful Macmillan’s support was, not just for the person with cancer but also for the people around them.
That stayed with me, and although my professional career is very busy, I wanted to be more philanthropic with my time, not just my money, so I decided to start volunteering.
Not only do I fundraise, but I also use my commercial networks to open doors for Macmillan. I get a real sense of satisfaction from knowing I’m using my skills to help make sure no one has to face cancer alone.
I’m extremely excited about becoming the chairperson of the new UK Volunteer Forum. It’s a volunteer-led advisory body with full Board backing that will strengthen links between Macmillan and its volunteers.
'It will raise issues, be the ‘go-to’ group for volunteer perspective feedback, and make sure volunteers feel fully engaged and consulted, with strong links back to the regions.
We’ll also be looking at ways to encourage people to use their skills and their influence in the best ways possible. After all, volunteers often underestimate the influence that they wield, their position in their community and their ability to enthuse other people.
Each Macmillan region will have two volunteer representatives (one fundraiser and one service volunteer) on the UK Forum. They will chair regional bodies that will replicate the UK Forum with a local emphasis. It’s an exciting time to volunteer with Macmillan.’
For more information or if you'd like to get involved, email Claire Alexander, UK Volunteer Forum Programme Manager.
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