I am a volunteer

Volunteers are our lifeblood. So, whether you're volunteering on a trip, sharing your story or helping out with fundraising or events, what do you need to know to make sure you can make the biggest difference.

Get ready to volunteer!

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer 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, sharing your story, or helping at a fundraising event or festival, whatever you do will help a young person feel more accepted, independent and optimistic as they re-establish their place in the world after treatment.

In these pages you will (hopefully!) find everything you need to make sure you feel as prepared for your volunteering experience.

But if there is something you can't find or you have more questions, please email the team at [email protected]

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Resources and information

Whatever your role, where will be lots you will want to know before your volunteering.

Looking after you and others

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

Working with young people

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

So, if your volunteer role involves working with young people, including at an event or festival, there are a number of things we need to do and check.

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 at [email protected], or we can send you a link to a free course.

Signed our annual Safeguarding Agreement

Safeguarding is an essential part of our goal of rebuilding young people’s confidence so every year volunteers must read and sign our Safeguarding agreement. This will be emailed to you ahead of your volunteering.

Download an expenses claim form

I am volunteering on a trip

Whether you're volunteering on a first time or return sailing trip or joining one of our outdoor adventures, here's some more useful information.

Media Phones

Media phones are specifically to get photos and quotes to help the comms team tell the story of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, including through social media.

The media phone(s) will be allocated to a volunteer(s), who will be briefed on how to use them before the trip/event starts.

They should only be used by the allocated volunteer (unless with prior agreement of the comms team) and shouldn't be a distraction to the volunteer’s primary role or young people’s experience.

Contact the Comms Team