Macmillan Volunteers

Volunteer awards 2014

The Macmillan organisation was started by a volunteer 100 years ago, and today volunteers are still at the very heart of everything we do.

Thousands of volunteers dedicate their time, skills and energy to help improve the lives of people affected by cancer. Whether you do this for a few hours a year or you’re available for longer, you can make a real difference.

If you can spare at least three hours a week and would like to help people living with cancer, please contact us. You can volunteer to work at either The James Cook University Hospital or the Friarage Hospital.

Volunteers will begin with a full induction training programme, particularly in the area of good communication skills.

Please note all Macmillan volunteers must be aged 18 or over.


The volunteer work may include

  • Meeting and greeting centre users.
  • Providing an active listening service.
  • Supporting patients during treatment (making drinks, listening ear)
  • Answering the telephone and taking clear messages
  • Providing information leaflets and printouts,Macmillan Information Centre Friarage
  • Signposting centre users on to other agencies and support groups.
  • Updating the information centre stock
  • Undertaking outreach tasks where appropriate.
  • To act within the trust’s code of conduct
  • To follow the trust’s code of confidentiality for volunteers
  • To support the trust’s commitment to equal opportunities

“Join us and together we can make a difference.”

Volunteer feedback

“I want to give something back.”

“I came into Macmillan as a volunteer after retiring from hospital. I find it very rewarding and I love it.”

“At some time in life everyone is touched by cancer in one way or another. I hope that by giving some of my time I can help someone to feel a little better.”