Bristol-based charity seeks army of volunteers to help support people living with cancer
PUBLISHED: 10:49 14 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:51 20 February 2013
Penny Brohn Cancer Care is calling for volunteers to work with them, so they can extend their support services to more people living with cancer.
Bristol-based charity Penny Brohn Cancer Care is calling for volunteers to work with them, so they can extend their support services to more people living with cancer.
The charity is looking for extra pairs of hands at their Centre in Pill, to help with everything from manning the helpline, which includes full training, to maintenance work and gardening. Volunteer musicians are also wanted to play for residents to offer peaceful and relaxing evenings during their stay at the Centre.
Penny Brohn Cancer Care is the leading UK charity specialising in complementary care for people with cancer and those close to them. The charity provides a unique combination of physical, emotional and spiritual support using complementary therapies, lifestyle information and self-help techniques.
Sarah Gottesman, Volunteer Coordinator, Penny Brohn Cancer Care says:
At Penny Brohn Cancer Care we work with over 2,000 people and their families every year, helping to improve their quality of life. And we couldnt do it without all the wonderful people that give us their time, toil and enthusiasm for free.
All of our services are now free, so our message is simple really - the more volunteers we have, the more people we can help. We hope that for people looking to take on something challenging and rewarding for the new year, we can provide the ideal opportunity.
Both residential and day courses are offered at the Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre in Pill which is surrounded by beautiful gardens, managed entirely by volunteers.
The gardens and grounds form a vital part of supporting people with cancer. A spring flower meadow has already been sewn and this year organisers are looking for people to help plant a herb garden, providing freshly cut herbs for the kitchen and cookery classes. But the volunteer grounds team need more people to join them to make this plan a reality.
Good listeners are needed to work on Penny Brohn Cancer Care helpline, offering support and guidance to people when they need it most. Full training is provided and volunteering can be a stepping stone for those considering a career change or simply offer a rewarding, meaningful role for a few hours a week.
There are also opportunities to volunteers in the Centres shop, which sells books, gifts, wholefoods and supplements. People willing to be volunteer drivers or to help out on reception or with admin work in the office will also be warmly welcomed.
More volunteers to help out at local events, particularly during the summer months, are also greatly needed as well as people to drop off, empty and pay in money from collection tins in local shops and businesses.