Current volunteer opportunities at MVCC

We have a huge variety of roles available on weekdays and weekends, including evenings. Here are some examples:

  • Patient supporters. Monday to Friday – 9.30am to 12.30pm / 12.30pm to 4pm. One shift per week. Patient supporter volunteers are based in MVCC and are on hand to provide information, directions, assistance, refreshments and support to patients, their carers and families whilst they await appointments and attend treatment at MVCC.
  • iPoint Service volunteers. Monday to Friday – 9.30am to 12.30pm / 12.30pm to 4pm. One shift per week. Based in the Cancer Centre, the iPoint is a Lynda Jackson information service where volunteers provide leaflets and factsheets to patients as suggested by healthcare professionals. This entails using an online system for which training is given.
  • Radiotherapy support volunteers. Monday to Friday – 4pm to 6.30pm. One shift per week. The main purpose of this role is to welcome and reassure patients, to encourage them to drink when appropriate and to keep them informed about treatment times. You will also be a social companion for the duration of the waiting period, covering pre and post-treatment. You may be asked to assist with some basic administration tasks, to help with the smooth running of the clinic.
  • Reception support. Monday to Friday – 9am to 1pm / 1pm to 5pm. One shift per week. The main purpose of this role is to assist reception staff with welcoming patients, bookings, delivering notes and giving general information.  This role is available at both MVCC and Michael Sobell House.
  • Pre-chemotherapy & radiotherapy guides. Before starting chemotherapy or radiotherapy, patients attend a group session at the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre where they receive information about their treatment. Volunteers assist healthcare professionals with these sessions and the show patients round the centre.
  • Lynda Jackson Macmillan Drop-In Centre volunteers. This role involved working alongside healthcare professionals, providing support and information both to visitors and telephone callers. Additional training is given so that volunteers are equipped to help support patients, carers and family members.
  • Ward support volunteers. Monday to Sunday – lunch, supper or evening drinks sessions available on the Cancer Centre wards or Michael Sobell House Inpatient Unit. The main purpose of this role is to support nursing staff, assist with the smooth running of the ward and to help make patients’ more comfortable. This will include serving refreshments and meals, some administration tasks, and being sociable with patients and other visitors.
  • Administration volunteers. Monday to Friday. One half day shift per week between the hours of 9am to 5pm. We have a number of administration posts available around the centre. It could be within research and data, fundraising or patient records. These roles include basic administration functions, for which full training will be given.  Basic IT skills are required, and general strength and fitness is advisable for this role.
  • Fundraising event volunteers. Required on an adhoc basis. This could include evening and weekends. The main purpose of this role is to support a variety of community and fundraising initiatives. This could include preparing for an event, or assisting on the day. It might entail giving a talk to a community group or helping with admin in the office.
  • Gardening volunteers. There are several gardens around the Mount Vernon site, all maintained by our volunteer teams. The role will include tasks such as light weeding and planting. General strength and fitness is advisable for this role.
  • Day Centre volunteers. Monday to Friday. One half day shift between 9.30am and 4pm. Volunteers help in the Michael Sobell Day therapy Unit, welcoming patients and spending time with them during their visit. Drivers are also needed to bring patients to the Centre and take them home in the afternoon.  Other volunteers assist with the art therapy sessions.
  • Complementary therapy volunteers – we have two teams:
      • Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre volunteers who work on the cancer wards and in outpatients departments
      • Michael Sobell house volunteers who support day patients and carers

Note: All applicants must be recognised by relevant governing body and have the relevant insurance to practice.

  • Counselling – we have two teams of counsellors:
      • Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre volunteers who work with outpatients for short term psychological therapy.  Common issues include depression, anxiety, adjustment and coping with uncertainty.
      • Michael Sobell House volunteers support recently bereaved families.

Note: All applicants must be qualified and registered with the appropriate governing body.

If you have a skill, passion, hobby or qualification that could help us improve patient experiences at the centre please do get in touch.