Macmillan volunteer open day

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The Macmillan cancer information and support centre at The James Cook University Hospital is holding a volunteer open day on Thursday 18 September.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is invited to drop into the centre, situated near to the hospital’s north entrance, from 10am to 2pm to find out more about what the role involves.

Volunteers take on a number of roles including meeting and greeting centre users, providing advice, information and signposting to other local services, admin duties, supporting patients, carers and staff in clinical areas and offering a listening ear to anyone who needs it.

Ideally volunteers should be someone who has been affected by cancer, either as a patient or carer, or someone who has skills that can be used to support the service and its users and who can commit to three or more hours a week. New recruits receive appropriate training and hours are negotiated on an individual basis.

“Macmillan relies heavily on its volunteers to help run the service, providing support and information to patients, carers and staff,” said Julie Taylor, Macmillan cancer information manager.

“Ideally we are looking for sensitive, caring, polite and approachable people who have excellent communication skills.

“We would urge anyone who is interested to come along to our open day to meet the team and find out more about what is involved.”

Anyone who can’t attend but who is interested in volunteering for Macmillan can call Claire Moore, Macmillan cancer support worker on 01642 835674 for more information.