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Volunteer FAQs

Volunteering at Cancer Fund for Children is both fun and rewarding. We’ve tried to answer as many of our frequently asked questions about how you can become a volunteer and what is involved.

We’ve got lots of volunteering opportunities for you to choose from. Click here to view our current roles.

Once you’ve found an opportunity you like, you can apply quickly and easily online by completing our volunteer application form – APPLICATION FORM

Office-based volunteering will take place at our headquarters at Airport Road West, Belfast or at our therapeutic short break centre Daisy Lodge, in Newcastle. If you are volunteering with our Services Team, you will mainly be based at Daisy Lodge.

Volunteering at fundraising events will be province-wide.

Yes, volunteers are not paid for their time but can be reimbursed for their travel and other legitimate expenses. For further details relating to the conditions on specific benefits, please visit

To start volunteering with Cancer Fund for Children, we will require two references.  For certain roles that involve working with children, teenagers and/or young people, you will require a criminal records check.  This is something we can organise on your behalf.

It is up to you! We know that you are fitting your volunteering time around work and family commitments. If you have a couple of hours per week or something longer–term, we can accommodate you. There are also opportunities to work at one-off events, such as bag packing or at seasonal events such as our Christmas Grotto – there’s something for everyone!

Generally, the minimum age for volunteering within the Fundraising Department is 16 but that does vary from role to role depending on the activities involved.

All volunteers within our Services Team must be 18+

For most of our fundraising volunteer roles you don’t need any specific skills or experience, just enthusiasm to get involved! If specific skills, experience or qualifications are needed e.g., Volunteer Complementary Therapist we will provide details on the role description.

Once you’ve applied, we’ll contact you with the next steps as quickly as we can and keep you updated throughout the application and selection process.

If you’re selected, we’ll want to get you started as quickly as possible but this will depend on the role and what checks we need to do beforehand. If the role requires a criminal records check (we’ll highlight this in the role description) the process can take longer.

There are lots of great reasons to volunteer; you will:

  • Make a difference
  • Meet new friends
  • Get involved in something new
  • Develop new skills
  • Have fun
  • Be part of your community
  • Boost your career options

If you can’t find the answer you are looking for then please contact Ashleigh or Naomi on 028 9080 5599