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Macmillan Buddy Volunteers

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Macmillan Buddy Volunteers
Macmillan Cancer Support
Description of the role:

Macmillan Buddy Volunteers needed in Harrogate and the surrounding area.

At Macmillan we give people with cancer everything we’ve got.

Are you a good listener and clear communicator with 2 hours or more to spare each week?

If so, then we would love you to join our team as a Macmillan Buddy Volunteer and help Macmillan support people living with cancer.

We are looking for volunteers to provide face-to-face and telephone support, who are based in Harrogate and the surrounding area.

By sharing your skills and time, you’ll have the opportunity to utilise and develop your skills and make a positive difference to people’s lives. Together, we can be right there for people with cancer.

What you will be doing:
• Providing telephone and/or face-to-face support in the community or in people’s homes to alleviate loneliness and
help with simple practical tasks

• Adopting a non-judgemental and supportive approach to understand the needs and concerns of people living with

• Supporting 1 - 3 people living with cancer every week for up to 12 phone calls or visits

• Completing post call/visit ‘record of activity’ reports and using all required systems

• Joining group catch up calls every 4-6 weeks to get key updates and/or share good practice

• Volunteering within agreed hours and following all best practice guidelines

• Signposting to additional support if required and raising any further concerns with the Macmillan team

What's in it for you:
• Meet new people as part of a friendly team that makes a difference
• Use and develop your communication and people skills
• Have a rewarding experience making a difference to people living with cancer who are especially isolated
• Receive an induction, relevant training, the support you need to carry out your role, and agreed out-of-pocket
expenses (reimbursed within our guidelines)

Skills and qualities needed for the role:

The skills you need:
• Good listener and clear communicator
• Patient, flexible and reliable
• Ability to respect others’ differences and choices
• Ability to demonstrate empathy and understanding while maintaining boundaries
• Ability to recognise when to ask for support
• Ability to work independently with guidance and support
• Understand the need to maintain confidentiality
• Ability and willingness to travel in your local area
• Good IT skills in order to access required systems and resources
• Ability to commit to 4 hours of online training

Practical information:

We ask all volunteers to try and commit to a minimum of 12 months volunteering with us, for 2 hours or more each week (aside from holidays of course!) at a time/s that suits you.

You’ll receive an induction, relevant training, the support you need to carry out your role and agreed out-of-pocket expenses (reimbursed within our guidelines).

To apply, please go to:
Then click on the 'Click here to apply' button to complete the brief application form.

Thanks for taking the time to read about volunteering with Macmillan and we hope to hear from you soon.


Additional Information
DBS check needed: Yes
Driving licence needed: No
Car owner: No
Open to: Over 18s
Is this role wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Macmillan Cancer Support
The Waterfront
Salts Mill Road
West Yorkshire
BD17 7EZ
Last updated: 23.02.2023
Organisation Information

At Macmillan, we understand the many ways in which a cancer diagnosis can affect your life.
Whatever cancer throws your way, we're right there with you.

Charity number: 261017

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