Cancer Research UK

Charity registered in Scotland SC041666

Our aim is to ensure more people survive cancer. We support the work of more than 4,000 researchers, doctors and nurses throughout the UK, fighting cancer on all fronts. Every day, our researchers make cutting-edge discoveries in our labs, and our doctors and nurses pioneer new treatments with patients in hospitals. We run high-profile health awareness campaigns and provide clear information to help people understand more about cancer and the steps everyone can take to reduce their risk of developing the disease. We also lobby the government to make sure cancer stays at the top of the political agenda.


Current opportunities

Play your part and support life-saving research. Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, every hour and every person. Be a part of Kendal’s friendly fundraising group; raising awareness and life-saving funds in your local community. The Kendal Group raise vital funds for essential research in the North West and Nationally Thanks to the generosity of our volunteers and supporters, Cancer Research UK funds over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK. If you’re looking to get involved with something different and make a difference then the Kendal Fundraising Group could be for you. Together we will beat cancer.Working in partnership with the Chair and Treasurer to identify new ideas and opportunities to maximise local fundraising efforts Work together with all members to help plan and coordinate group fundraising activities. Attending a monthly meeting, taking notes and action points Maintaining Group data Represent Cancer Research UK and the Kendal group in the local community. Support the group to adhere to Cancer Research UK legal and health and safety guidelines (everybody’s responsibility) Keep up to date with and share the latest news and activities from Cancer Research UK

Our  shop volunteers  are  helping us beat cancer right now.   In 2019/20, 14,000 volunteers gave 3.1 million hours of their time and sold items totalling £15million. These funds are helping us start new clinical trials and research treatments as we speak.  If you  volunteer  at a Cancer Research UK shop,  you too could make a real difference to what we can achieve.  Nothing we do would be possible without  amazing volunteers  like you.  You’ll also  gain valuable skills to help develop your CV and experience.  And you’ll volunteer alongside a wonderful team of passionate, friendly people  who will support you  every step of the way.  Volunteering is open to everyone and no experience is required.  So,  if you’re looking for a new challenge, we’d love to hear from  you.  What do shop volunteers do?  Volunteering in our shops is varied, exciting and rewarding. No two days are the same and you have the chance to flex different skills regularly. There are always new opportunities to keep you engaged and help you grow and develop in your role.  While this list is not exhaustive, it gives you a flavour of some of the typical tasks in our charity shops:  Serving customers, taking  payments  and providing good all-round customer service  Sorting through donated items and pricing stock  Working on window and shop displays  Keeping the shop tidy, clean and well organised  Interacting with the general public  Following new health, safety and social distancing measures  You don’t need any experience to volunteer  You just need to be motivated, hardworking and enjoy being part of a team. There’ll be a full induction as well as ongoing training opportunities to make sure you’re fully confident and able to excel in your role.  Why should I volunteer? Volunteering brings a wealth of benefits, both personal and professional.   Every volunteer hour  you  donate means we can sell 6 items and make £20 of income. So, if you volunteer for a 7-hour day, this can generate £140. That means that every day you volunteer, you’ll be raising more funds to beat cancer.   You’ll gain important skills that are hugely valued in the workplace such as teamwork, communication and using your initiative.  You can boost your CV by working towards an NVQ in Retail with Derby College,  and  we'll provide you with a reference.  It will allow you to get involved in your local community and to meet new friends.  Our friendly  CRUK  team will be there to support you all the way – offering guidance and helping you build your confidence.  It’s fun – you’ll gain real satisfaction from volunteering alongside our warm, friendly shop volunteers who will make you feel right at home.

Volunteer in our shops Our  shop volunteers  are  helping us beat cancer right now.   In 2019/20, 14,000 volunteers gave 3.1 million hours of their time and sold items totalling £15million. These funds are helping us start new clinical trials and research treatments as we speak.  If you  volunteer  at a Cancer Research UK shop,  you too could make a real difference to what we can achieve.  Nothing we do would be possible without  amazing volunteers  like you.  You’ll also  gain valuable skills to help develop your CV and experience.  And you’ll volunteer alongside a wonderful team of passionate, friendly people  who will support you  every step of the way.  Volunteering is open to everyone and no experience is required.  So,  if you’re looking for a new challenge, we’d love to hear from  you.  What do shop volunteers do?  Volunteering in our shops is varied, exciting and rewarding. No two days are the same and you have the chance to flex different skills regularly. There are always new opportunities to keep you engaged and help you grow and develop in your role.  While this list is not exhaustive, it gives you a flavour of some of the typical tasks in our charity shops:  Serving customers, taking  payments  and providing good all-round customer service  Sorting through donated items and pricing stock  Working on window and shop displays  Keeping the shop tidy, clean and well organised  Interacting with the general public  Following new health, safety and social distancing measures  You don’t need any experience to volunteer  You just need to be motivated, hardworking and enjoy being part of a team. There’ll be a full induction as well as ongoing training opportunities to make sure you’re fully confident and able to excel in your role.  Why should I volunteer? Volunteering brings a wealth of benefits, both personal and professional.   Every volunteer hour  you  donate means we can sell 6 items and make £20 of income. So, if you volunteer for a 7-hour day, this can generate £140. That means that every day you volunteer, you’ll be raising more funds to beat cancer.   You’ll gain important skills that are hugely valued in the workplace such as teamwork, communication and using your initiative.  You can boost your CV by working towards an NVQ in Retail with Derby College,  and  we'll provide you with a reference.  It will allow you to get involved in your local community and to meet new friends.  Our friendly  CRUK  team will be there to support you all the way – offering guidance and helping you build your confidence.  It’s fun – you’ll gain real satisfaction from volunteering alongside our warm, friendly shop volunteers who will make you feel right at home. The minimum age for volunteering in our shops is 18 . If  you’re aged  between 16 -18 you may still be able to volunteer in our  shops,  but you must be on a recognised scheme, for example, the Duke of Edinburgh. 

On 1st October, our walkers will be walking 10k to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK – but they need you to help them achieve their challenge! Having the amazing support and endless enthusiasm of some friendly faces truly makes Shine an unforgettable experience. Join the Shine Volunteer Team and help us to beat cancer. What will I be doing? You will have a positive and proactive attitude and a willingness to get stuck in taking on one of our many roles and embracing the event as it unfolds. If you simply want to be involved and are happy to help where it’s needed most, then sign up now and we’ll find the perfect role for you. ‘Lovely experience, the general feeling that I was getting was very special, the way that the participants and the volunteers were supporting each other, the opportunity to see so many people doing something without having any personal benefit’ Erisa, General Volunteer What benefits can I expect? A unique and rewarding Friday night out exploring the iconic sights of York in a completely different light Cancer is happening right now, join in the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a valuable contribution to life saving research being carried out as we speak. Experience of supporting one of the UK’s leading charities for one of their biggest annual fundraisers The chance to meet new people and make new friends. Learn some great new skills and develop your confidence to support personal and career development What support will we give you? We’ll be with you every step of the way sending monthly updates and exclusives in the lead up to the event. Three weeks before the event, we’ll confirm all the details with you and give you a call to make sure you’re happy and answer any questions. At the event you’ll receive a volunteer t-shirt, snack pack and any other kit required to carry out your role. Your volunteer manager will give you a briefing and be there to offer any support throughout your time with us. At Cancer Research UK we value diversity and we're committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We will consider making any reasonable adjustments to support volunteer applications from people with a disability or health condition. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures and believe that volunteers from diverse backgrounds will help us to beat cancer.