CLAN Cancer Support

Charity registered in Scotland SC022606

CLAN Cancer Support provides emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer, their family, carers and friends.


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CLAN Cancer Support is a well-established, local charity providing emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer, their family, carers and friends. Services are freely offered to all from pre-diagnosis and diagnosis through to treatment and beyond at our support and wellbeing centres located across the north-east Scotland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. Our aim is to help people live with and beyond their or their loved ones cancer diagnosis and improve the quality of life for all those who turn to us for help and support. The role of Support Volunteer at CLAN is to offer clients affected by a cancer diagnosis an opportunity to talk with someone who can listen and provide emotional support and help to promote and raise awareness of our services. Our Support Volunteers don’t have to be experts as they will be trained in the skills that will enable them to provide the right level of emotional support to all our clients. Throughout their time volunteering with us at CLAN they will have access to ongoing support and further training. As you will appreciate the nature of our work means we deal with vulnerable members of the public and therefore we ask for a character reference in respect of those who wish to volunteer. We also require a Disclosure Scotland check to completed. Clan will meet the cost of this. If anyone is interested in the role, please get in touch with Helen Hasnip or Christine Roper at Banchory@clancancersupport.org or ringing 01330 538967 (leave a message) We are located in our new premises in Bridge Street, Banchory and are currently open 3 days a week

Volunteers are essential in helping CLAN to provide a wide range of services to anyone affected by cancer. No matter what time you can give or what skills you can bring, CLAN can offer you a special and rewarding volunteering experience. We have a range of volunteer roles available in locations in Aberdeen City, throughout Aberdeenshire, Moray, Orkney and Shetland. This includes Support Volunteers, Shop Volunteers, Events Volunteers, Children & Family Volunteers, Drivers, MoveMORE Volunteers and much more. If you would like to volunteer with CLAN then we'd love to hear from you. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on email: claire.mechie@clancancersupport.org , tel.: 01224 647000 or via our website at https://www.clanhouse.org/volunteering/enquiries/

Full Description: The role of a Clan EVENTS VOLUNTEER is essential in helping to generate the funds needed for us to provide our vital support services to people affected by a cancer diagnosis in your local community. You could be asked to get involved in a variety of activities, whether it’s manning a cheering point on one of our runs, walks or cycles, helping to welcome guests at our annual lunch or ball, or providing information at one of our open days. Typical activities include: • Helping to prepare for an event – this might involve preparing information and signage, setting up routes for runs/walks/cycles, sorting displays and activities, moving chairs and tables, putting up gazebos etc. • Providing a warm and friendly welcome to all attendees of Clan events, answering any questions and encouraging people to get involved in the event/activity • Assisting at larger scale events such as the Clan Ball or Clan Lunch – this might involve manning the car park, directing attendees to the right location, providing information, running stalls, assisting with activities, selling tickets or accepting donations • Working together with other volunteers and Clan staff to ensure the best possible experience for our events attendees/participants and signposting where appropriate • Helping to raise awareness of Clan services Role Commitments: • Working on an ad-hoc basis at events for either a few hours, part of the day or a whole day as required (time commitment would be discussed in advance of an event) and on occasions be flexible and available to help at short notice Essential Skills and Experience Required: There are no prerequisites for this role in terms of professional qualifications and Clan will provide you with the relevant on-the-job training and support to assist you within your role. We value personal experience and would welcome applications from anyone without the preferred skills and experience but who is passionate about making a difference and supporting local people in their community. In return for your help at our events, Clan will: • Aim to ensure that volunteering with us is a fulfilling and worthwhile experience. You’ll have support from staff, with the opportunity to gain and develop skills and meet with other volunteers. • Clan will provide you with any essential kit that you might need (such as a tabard, clip board etc) but you will be required to dress appropriately for the task and conditions. For example if manning an information tent on a frosty Winter morning you would need to ensure you wear warm clothing, or if standing outside in the sun handing out water on a hot summer day you would need to bring appropriate sun screen. • Reimburse expenses you incur whilst volunteering in accordance with our Expenses Policy

Leading north east cancer charity Clan Cancer Support is appealing for 100 new volunteers across the north-east as it aims to reach more local people affected by cancer ahead of its 40th anniversary next year. Clan is looking for people to take on a range of roles involving listening and support services, event support, retail support, driving clients to medical appointments and gardening to help maintain the grounds at Clan’s support centres. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to take part in Clan’s sculpture trail, The Big Hop Trail, which is due to take the public on a cultural tour of the north-east and the islands from July to September in 2023. The event, which coincides with Clan’s 40th anniversary next year, will see 40 striking hare sculptures located throughout Clan’s geography celebrating the charity’s commitment to supporting people affected by cancer, their family, carers and friends.    Claire Mechie, Clan’s volunteer coordinator, said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of Clan and we are indebted to them for the amazing role they play in ensuring we can provide first class support services to people affected by cancer across the north-east. “Lockdown completely disrupted our operations and our volunteering programme, but we’re now back with face-to-face events and client services, meaning we are looking for motivated and positive people who are keen to invest their time with us. “Whether it’s listening and providing support, helping at one of our events or supporting our shops or driving our clients to appointments, our volunteers have the power to help people affected by cancer in their local area.” To find out more and to enquire about volunteering at Clan please email volunteering@clancancersupport.org or call 01224 647000.