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 accepted, independent and optimistic as they re-establish their place in the world.

Your impact - live dashboard Contact the team

I am volunteering on a trip

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

Media Phones

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

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
Volunteer laughs as they apply sunscreen to a young person's face

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

Other ways to support

Could you raise #200for20 to celebrate our birthday?

It's our 20th birthday this year!

To celebrate, join our #200for20 fundraiser in July – our 20th anniversary month – and aim to raise at least £200 to help inspire even more young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer.

Check out some ideas below for inspiration, or come up with your own, it is completely up to you.

Ready to make a difference to more young lives this summer? Get involved and sign up today! THANK YOU!

Get inspired Tell us your idea