I am a volunteer

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 difference you make

Get ready to volunteer!

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 positive, accepted, confident and independent as they start to re-establish their place in the world.

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I am volunteering on a trip

There will be lots you will want to know before volunteering on your trip. These resources will help.

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How we look after young people

The safety and wellbeing of young people is our number one priority.

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
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Be yourself. Every volunteer brings something unique and special to the Trust.

Join the Trust Volunteer Facebook Group

Come and be part of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust Volunteer Community. This is a private group for our awesome volunteers to share your top tips, ask questions, give advice and connect with other Trust volunteers and staff. If you're aged 18 or over and have volunteered either on a trip or at an event in the past three years or attended a Trust Volunteer Training and Update event in the past three years you are welcome to request to join. We will see you there!

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The Big 2021 Volunteer FAQs

You mentioned a survey during the Volunteer Training Day. What is it and what do you need from me?

Due to the changes to our Eligibility Criteria for the 2021 season this was a survey to learn who is Critically Extremely Vulnerable and people's current vaccination status. We sent out a survey (week commencing 12 April) to volunteers who are currently allocated on a 2021 trip to help us reallocate place in line with the new programme. If you received this survey and have not yet completed it, please do so asap. If you've not received is, contact us at [email protected] as soon as possible.

For reallocation of dates, do we need to re-submit our availability?

No, we will use the information we have already gathered regarding volunteer availability for the reallocation. If you were allocated to a 2021 trip and your availability has now changed, please let us know.

What if my trip is approaching and I haven't been offered the vaccine yet?

The volunteer allocations are all based on the Government’s vaccine rollout delivery plans, which aims to have offered all adults in the UK a first vaccination by the end of July. Our trips are scheduled to start on 12 July and allocations – both for volunteers and the first 18-24 years Taste of the Trip and return trips - will be based on this.


As mentioned in Frank's announcement blog, the plans are based on three assumptions, one of which is vaccine deployment continues being rolled out in line with Government targets. If this changes, allocations could be impacted.

Anyone who is Extremely Clinically Vulnerable is not able to volunteer this year. Will you have enough volunteers for the trips?

We will have enough volunteers to safely deliver the full planned programme for young people. Our volunteers have always been of a wide age-range, and we don’t believe the measures we’ve had to take to keep everyone safe this summer will change that mix dramatically.

I am Clinically Extremely Vulnerable. How can I help support young people this year?

We’re going to be working through how we can support and involve anyone who can’t take part in our activities. That’s now where we turn our attention to next and when we have a plan and some options, we will communicate that with everyone.


We want to give our medically-exempt volunteers the chance to be as involved in a way that makes them feel as valued and that they are making as big a contribution as if they were on the ground, but we’re just not quite at the point where we know what that looks like yet.

I am classed as CEV but have been told by my doctor I no longer have to shield. Can I come on a trip this year?

Although the advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people to shield has ended, the definitions of clinically extremely vulnerable groups, as per the Government and Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) guidelines, haven’t, and it's these definitions on which the eligibility criteria is based. If any of these definitions change, someone’s eligibility for 2021 could change too, but we will revisit that if and when if happens.

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