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Could you be a part of something special and help make a difference?

At Cancer Fund for Children we are so fortunate to have wonderful volunteers who give their time and skills so that we can continue providing vital services to children and families effected by cancer.

We want to grow our network of volunteers in our Administration, Fundraising and Services Departments and you could be just the person we are after.  Even if you have one hour, one morning or a weekend to spare, we would love to hear from you.

Volunteering is a great way of trying something new and can provide you with many different experiences.

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Maggie’s Story

At Cancer Fund for Children we are so fortunate to have a wonderful team of volunteers who give their time to support families living with cancer. Meet Maggie Burns, a qualified Beauty Therapist, who volunteers at our short break centre. Daisy Lodge. 

Tell us about your volunteer role?

I volunteer in the treatment rooms at Daisy Lodge and specialise in facials, makeup and nail-art. I’m also training to provide Indian Head Massages.

Volunteering for Cancer Fund for Children is a wonderful opportunity to help people feel good about themselves. Beauty treatments are not high on the list of priorities for cancer patients and their families, but once experienced they have a surprisingly beneficial impact on the well-being of the individual.

Sometimes I work with a group which can be good fun, but I find that it’s the occasions when I provide a one-to-one treatment that family members open up and share their concerns or feelings which they often cannot comfortably discuss with their family. Being a good listener and sensitive to a family’s circumstances is a very important factor in my role.

What is the most rewarding part of volunteering?

For me the most rewarding aspect of my role is genuinely connecting with family members, and helping them to look and feel better as a result of their treatment. It’s so rewarding to see their self-esteem lifted. I feel so privileged to be able to help and some of the feedback I have received has really touched my heart.

What have you found to be the most challenging part of your role?

Sometimes I am overwhelmed and struggle to find the right words when I hear about the loss of a child, spouse or parent. However, I have found that being honest and having a genuine empathy has not failed me.

What has been your most memorable moment as a volunteer?

A young teenage girl had gained a lot of weight due to her treatment which had shattered her self-esteem, even more than her cancer. I spent an hour with her, applying makeup and showing her the tricks of the trade. She became increasingly enthusiastic and involved in the process and was so impressed by the transforming effects that she started taking selfies. The smile on that child’s face, for me, was priceless.

Later on, her mother came to see me, with tears in her eyes. She hugged me tightly and said “I haven’t seen my child light up like that in years”. That experience touched my soul and I shall never again underestimate the power of making someone look and feel good about themselves.

What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering?

This has undoubtedly been the most enjoyable and rewarding role I have ever had. I’ve learned new skills, met truly amazing people, had lots of fun and gained confidence. I’ve also made many new friends and enhanced my social life and learned to cherish my life more than before.

Being a Cancer Fund for Children Volunteer has exceeded all my expectations so if you are considering joining us I can assure you that the rewards greatly exceed the effort.

We always welcome new volunteers who are willing to offer their time and skills to make a difference. If you are over 18 and would like to find out more, please contact Ashleigh: T: 028 9080 5599 E: HR@cancerfundforchildren.com.

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Why Volunteer?

We really value those who take the time to volunteer with us and we provide all the necessary training and support to help our volunteers carry out their work.

There are many different reasons why people choose to volunteer for Cancer Fund for Children.  For many, it is an opportunity to do something positive and to help children and young people with cancer and their families.

For others, they simply have spare time that they wish to give to something that really matters. By giving just a little of your time, you can help us make a big difference.

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Below are some of the reasons why Cancer Fund for Children volunteers have chosen to volunteer with us:

  • Have fun
  • Learn new skills
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Meet new people
  • Make friends
  • Gain confidence
  • Make a positive difference

Volunteering is a great way of trying something new so if you’ve wanted to try planning an event or gain experience in public speaking, taking on a volunteer role could give you the experience you need.

Whatever your reasons for giving some of your time to Cancer Fund For Children, we would love to hear from you and hope that you find a role that interests you in our current volunteer opportunities.

Our current opportunities page is updated on a regular basis, so please keep checking the site to find a role that interests you!

If you would like to have an informal chat about volunteering please contact us on 028 9080 5599.

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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.

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

What are the benefits for me in volunteering?

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
How can I find a volunteering opportunity?

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

How can I apply to become a Cancer Fund for Children volunteer?

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

Once I’ve applied, how long is it until I can start volunteering?

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.

What skills and experience do I need?

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.

How old do I need to be?

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+

How much time do I have to give?

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!

What references will I need to provide?

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.

Can I still volunteer if I receive benefits?

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 www.volunteering-ni.org/

Where can I volunteer?

Office-based volunteering will take place at our headquarters at Airport Road West, Belfast or at our therapeutic short break center Daisy Lodge, 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.