Volunteers needed for Southmead's Macmillan Wellbeing Centre

Friday, 19 May 2017

Could you spare just a few hours each week to share your time and skills with people living with cancer? 

Volunteers are needed to help support people with cancer in the Macmillan Wellbeing Centre at Southmead Hospital.

The Centre provides therapies, support, information and advice for people living with and beyond cancer. Staff and volunteers help people access financial support, enable them to find the right information about their condition and treatment, as well as providing information about support groups.

The Centre is open Monday to Friday and looking for volunteers to be available from either 9.30am to 1pm or 1pm to 4.30pm. Some volunteers may be able to do more than this, some less; the team is happy to discuss this.

Roles and responsibilities include meeting and greeting visitors to the centre, showing people around the facilities, booking appointments, helping visitors access our leaflet library as well as tea-making and general house-keeping activities.

MacMillan Cancer volunteers

Centre manager Helen France said: “We’re looking for volunteers who are interested in cancer care, are enthusiastic about helping others and who have really good communication and organisational skills.

“We need our volunteers to help co-ordinate the smooth and efficient running of the centre and be motivated to work as a team to ensure our visitors and service users have the best possible experience.”

She added: “This is a really great opportunity to meet and work with new people and develop IT, administrative and customer service skills. It’s also a perfect way to give something back to the local community!”

Volunteers are also offered training programmes such as orientation and induction to the centre, level 2 dementia, basic life support and opportunities to attend Macmillan volunteer training days on topics such as ‘Cancer Awareness’ or ‘Listening and Responding’.

Find out more about out Wellbeing Centre or contact the Volunteer Services Manager on 0117 4147051.