Macmillan Cancer Support (North of Scotland)

At Macmillan, we know cancer can affect everything. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. Almost half of us will get cancer, and we need your help to make sure that people get the support they need. Whether it’s minutes or months, hours or days, the time you give by volunteering with Macmillan really does matter.


Current opportunity

People affected by cancer tell us they need support during their cancer journey, and sometimes people cannot access support face to face in their local community. Our new remote befrienders service aims to help to break down isolation by offering one-to-one befriending over the phone, by email, letter or text. By choosing to join us as an emotional support volunteer you will be doing something amazing for people at a difficult time. >What is involved? You will be helping someone affected by cancer who cannot access face to face support because they live in an area with no suitable local support. You will provide emotional support such as listening and talking, or exchanging emails, providing a supportive relationship to help reduce feelings of isolation offer reassurance and increase confidence. This role involves volunteering unsupervised, usually from your own home. Support is available from your Macmillan Volunteer Manager or Co-ordinator or from the Services Lead Volunteer. You will also be given an induction and appropriate training. >What you won’t be expected to do •Give advice to the person that you are matched with, although you may be able to signpost them to other Macmillan and community services which can offer guidance. •Provide indefinite support to the person that you are matched with. The service is usually time limited to a 12-week period, except for exceptional circumstances. >What will you get out of it? •Be part of an enthusiastic team of people who want to make a difference, just like you •Have a rewarding experience making a difference to people affected by cancer •Receive induction and ongoing training in individual and group volunteer support sessions •Use and develop your communication and people skills enhancing your CV •Receive agreed out of pocket expenses reimbursed within our guidelines >How much time should I give? This is flexible based on the time that you have available and the needs of the people that we support. We would suggest a few hours a week ideally for a year or more. >Apply today by completing an online application form at https://www.macmillan.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/how-to-volunteer.html We’ll contact you to discuss your application and the role in more detail, and answer questions. >for more information regarding this role/volunteering with us in Aberdeen / North of Scotland please contact Tina Morrow on 07455765844 or tmorrow@macmillan.org.uk to find out more.