People tell us they need practical and emotional support during their cancer journey and they want help locally. This is a direct volunteering service (called Macmillan Community Support - Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston) offering support to individuals and families at any point in their cancer journey, including bereavement support.
The aims of the service are to provide people affected by cancer with practical/emotional support at the time they need it and to raise awareness of other Macmillan services as appropriate.
Roles will vary from person to person but may involve providing practical help e.g. light housework, shopping, dog walking, assisting with clearing a house/belongings, accompanying people to/from appointments or help with writing letters. Of equal value is the opportunity for the people affected by cancer to talk about their feelings and share their experience. Some volunteers may prefer to provide practical support whilst others will want to offer more emotional support. The Lead Volunteer will assess the needs of each individual referred to the service and match them with buddies according to their skills and interests. You will be provided with training and support to help you and we hope that you will be able to give a 12 month commitment to the project. There are certain activities that Macmillan volunteers are NOT REQUIRED OR INSURED to carry out.
THESE INCLUDE: Personal Care (i.e. bathing, showering, washing, help with feeding) - Moving and handling individuals - Lifting of any heavy objects - Administering medication of any kind including eye drops - Handling hazardous materials - Cooking
The skills and abilities expected of this role will be an ability to communicate clearly and listen effectively, be sociable and approachable, reliable, honest and punctual, able to maintain confidentiality and work independently but with guidance and support and be able to recognise your own boundaries and the limitations of this particular role.
An interest in cancer care and the services that Macmillan provides is preferable and a knowledge of the local community would be desirable (but not essential). A flexible time commitment is also expected for this role depending on what suits you and the requirements of the people we support and we hope that you will be able to offer a 12 month commitment to the scheme. The service currently operates between Monday and Friday 9.00 am - 7.30 pm, weekend support can be discussed and agreed.
You may need to be able to travel to individuals referred to the service, either using your own vehicle or public transport, therefore we offer to pay volunteers "out-of-pocket" expenses within agreed guidelines.
You will be based either in people's homes or the local community and as you may be in contact with vulnerable people, this role requires an ENHANCED DBS DISCLOSURE (Police check) and you will need to provide TWO satisfactory character references. There is NO CHARGE applicable for your DBS Disclosure.
There will be an induction and training provided in order for you to carry out the role effectively with ongoing support from your Lead Volunteer and peer volunteer support sessions. Also, you will have opportunities to meet and network with staff and fellow volunteers during the year and there may be the possibility of identification for further training as and when needed.
Finally, if you have personal experience of cancer, we would envisage you being 12 months POST diagnosis or 12 months POST bereavement, for your own comfort and well-being.