- To provide information and signposting to people affected by cancer, promoting Macmillan and related support in their local community.
- To support the development or a range of community activities to provide social, emotional and practical support for people affected by cancer. Activities may include health walks, gardening, social groups, music and arts groups.
- Finding out what support, social activities and venues exist in their local community and helping us to create new activates to support people affected by cancer, e.g. walks, gardening, social groups.
- Support information and outreach events in the community venues.
- Meeting people affected by cancer in local community venues or accompanying trained home based volunteers to visit people in their homes.
- Accompanying people to attend a new group or activity - transporting people to groups
- Telephoning people to find out how they have got on after initial contact
- Volunteers do not need to have had personal experience of cancer, but should be passionate about giving information and support to people affected by cancer.
- Good at finding things out and unearthing new information in their communities and a desire to change their local community for the better.
- A creative mind to help us create new opportunities for people affected by cancer.
- Friendly and welcoming and good communication skills and good at listening and responding to people.
- Interest in specific areas such as gardening, crafts, music will help us develop these type of community activities.
- Reliable, punctual, honest and well-organised.
- Ability to recognise own boundaries and limitations of role and ability to maintain confidentiality.
We will support you to enhance the skills above.
Support and Development:
As a volunteer, you will receive a range of benefits and incentives including a Brio volunteer membership which gives access to Brio leisure facilities. You will be able to access a wide range of training programmes through Brio and Macmillan. We are keen for our volunteers to really enjoy these roles and to look forward to weekly volunteering and reach their individual goals.
You will need to attend 1 to 1.5 days of training either in evenings or daytime as part of the induction and we will have monthly meetings initially with all connectors. The rest of the time you will be able to commit as you can. We will discuss what time you can give and how this can fit with the role on first meeting with you.