Hands on help
Incredible volunteers are the reason every year more and more young people in recovery are able to join a Trust trip, and keep coming back each summer.
Whether supporting fundraising or providing an extra pair of hands on trips, that help is invaluable. If you would like to volunteer we would love to hear from you.
Wherever the Trust goes, we need people to help us spread the word about what we do. From manning our information stand to joining ‘cheerleader’ teams and taking photos at the challenge events we have people taking part in, it all makes a big difference. You don’t need to have done anything like it before, just belief in what the Trust does and a bit of enthusiasm and stamina. Have a look at our Events page and let us know when you’re available and what you could help with. Thank you!
Trip Support – Mates and Crew Leaders
*PLEASE NOTE* We are not currently recruiting for Mate and Crew Leader Volunteers for 2019. Applications for 2020 will open on 1st October 2019.
All of our Trust trip volunteers are expected to get fully immersed in all aspects of living and working together to help ensure the safety and happiness of our young people and the Trust team alike. While the young people are in the care of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust it is our responsibility to ensure they are well looked after at all times. All volunteers have their own responsibilities onboard, including but not limited to the following:
– Will be a Day Skipper or above or have a similar level or experience, they will assist the skipper in the safe operation of the vessel and the safety of the crew and young people.
– Look after the young people at all times, taking full responsibility when other volunteers are occupied.
– Assist the crew with the safety of the young people.
– Be aware of the needs of the young people when at sea (hydration, sun cream,
warm clothing etc).
– Look after the young people at all times, taking full responsibility when requested on
land when other volunteers are occupied.
Are you a registered Doctor, Nurse or Paramedic? Our Trips require two ‘Medics’ to accompany our groups, to provide support and occasional assistance to our young people. Your role on the Trips is to ensure that the young people are taking their medication, keep vigilant for any warning signs, and assist with first aid and rare medical instances. You will need to provide your GMC registration number in order to be eligible to act as a Medic on our Trips. To apply or for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01983 297750.
As a Skipper, you have overall responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the crew, the safety and security of the vessel and its equipment at all times. To fulfil the role of Skipper on board a Trust trip, you must hold a commercially endorsed Yacht Master or Cruising Instructor certificate, experience working with young people is highly desirable.
To apply for a freelance Skipper position with the Trust, please email email@example.com, with the subject line ‘Skipper Application’
*PLEASE NOTE* A Skipper selection day will be held at the end of 2019.
Return to Volunteer
If you are a young person who has sailed with the Trust in recovery from cancer you can get involved in our Return to Volunteer programme. Young people who have finished treatment rarely get to meet others who have been through the same as them, so it is inspirational to see these volunteers enjoying their lives and looking ahead to positive futures. You can find out more here – Looking up and ahead.
APPLY TO VOLUNTEER
Register your interest in volunteering by completing this Volunteer Application Form or contact us for more information.
The nature of what the Trust does means that our volunteers work closely with the young people on our trips. Because of this the Trust has a vigorous safeguarding policy in place to protect the young people that join us, all volunteers will be required to undertake a DBS / PVG check. (The Trust has an Ex Off,enders policy please ask if you would like us to send you a copy).
The welfare and safety of the young people on our trips is of paramount importance. All volunteers are *DBS (England and Wales) or *PVG (Scotland) checked and undertake safeguarding training. We know however we cannot be complacent – we review our policies and code of conduct annually and implement new training with staff and volunteers when required.