The Macmillan cancer information and support centre at The James Cook University Hospital is holding an open day to appeal for more volunteers.
People like Mabel McGurk, one of their oldest serving volunteers, who recently received a British Empire Medal for her services to terminally ill patients and the community in Middlesbrough.
Up to 20 new volunteers are needed to take on a number of roles including meeting and greeting centre users, providing advice, information and signposting to other local services, administration duties, supporting patients, carers and staff in clinical areas and offering a listening ear to anyone who needs it.
Now a drop-in event will be held between 10am and 3pm on Monday (16 January 2017) for anyone interested in finding out a bit more about what the role entails. Ideally volunteers should be able to give at least four hours of their time a week. Appropriate training will be provided.
“Macmillan relies heavily on its volunteers – people like Mabel who has been with us since 2006 and we’re all incredibly proud of – to help run the service, providing support and information to patients, carers and staff,” said Julie Taylor, Macmillan cancer information manager.
“We are looking for sensitive, caring, polite and approachable people, who may have a variety of skills or even worked in the NHS, with some personal knowledge of cancer preferred but not necessary.”
Anyone interested in volunteering can call Claire Moore, Macmillan cancer support worker on 01642 835674 for more information.