Volunteers are our lifeblood. So, whether you're volunteering on a trip or helping out with fundraising or events, what do you need to know to make sure you can make the biggest difference during your time with the Trust.
The Trust inspires young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer. By giving up your time, you are changing young lives.
Whether you're getting hands-on and supporting young people in one of our trip volunteer roles, or helping at a fundraising event - dishing out jelly babies to runners or spreading the word at festivals - whatever you do will help a young person feel more accepted, independent and optimistic as they re-establish their place in the world.Your impact - live dashboard Contact the team
On your trip there will be up to 2 media phones. These are specifically to get photos and quotes to help the Trust communications team tell the story of the Trust, including through social media, during trip season. Boat cameras should continue to be used for general trip photos/memories for young people. The media phone(s) will be allocated to a volunteer(s), who will be briefed on how to use them, before each trip. The media phones should only be used by the allocated volunteer (unless with prior agreement with the comms team) and should not become a distraction to the volunteer’s primary role or young people’s experience.Media Phone Brief & Usage Policy
So you will understand there are a number of things we need to do and check before our volunteers join a trip to make sure young people and their families feel confident we are looking after them in the best way possible.
Completed DBS/PVG checks
Up-to-date disclosure is a must. In England and Wales this means a DBS check (needs updating every three years) and in Scotland and NI this is a PVG Scheme Certificate (a rolling check). Here are some useful links...
Completed a Child Protection course
All volunteers must have completed a Level 2 Child Protection course and have a certificate or training record as evidence. If you have a certificate please email it to us, or we can send you a link to a free course.
Signed our annual Safeguarding Agreement
Safeguarding is an essential part of the Trust’s goal of rebuilding young people’s confidence so every year volunteers must read and sign our Safeguarding agreement.Download our Safeguarding Policy Complete my Annual Safeguarding Sign Up
Be yourself. Every volunteer brings something unique and special to the Trust.
Use your imagination - from doing something for yourself to organising a fun event with friends or workmates.
Whatever type of challenge you want to take on, sign up to one of our awesome events or do your own.