Our volunteering policy

We are committed to giving you the best experience possible and believe that the volunteer relationship is one of trust and mutual understanding.

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We will:

  • Offer equal opportunities to everyone who wants to volunteer
  • Match your skills and experiences with the right role for you wherever possible, listening to your motivations and aspirations
  • Provide a clear volunteer description clarifying your role and responsibilities and the standards required
  • Offer appropriate training and support for your role
  • Celebrate success and recognise your contribution
  • Respect all volunteers and listen to what you have to say
  • Provide information about the charity’s research work, policies and procedures.
  • Reimburse agreed out-of-pocket expenses in line with Cancer Research UK's policy and guidance
  • Make necessary arrangements to ensure your health, safety and welfare as a volunteer
  • Encourage a positive atmosphere to enable you to have the best volunteering experience possible
  • Listen to and act on your concerns if expectations aren't met



We ask you to:

  • Commit to our aims and values and be a positive advocate for Cancer Research UK
  • Aim for high standards of efficiency, reliability and quality in your volunteering; giving the best of your skills and abilities
  • Treat everyone you come into contact with through your role with dignity and respect, understanding that no form of harassment, bullying or discrimination will be tolerated
  • Work in partnership with other volunteers, staff and the general public
  • Support and act in accordance with our organisational policies, guidelines, procedures and management decisions - including all aspects of equal opportunities, health and safety, finance, data protection, safeguarding and use of our brand - and to ask if something isn't clear
  • Ensure that any funds raised for Cancer Research UK are held in trust for the charity, and follow our accounting procedures
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality
  • Always consider and protect Cancer Research UK's reputation in your actions and conduct, acting responsibly and within the law
  • Be accountable for your behaviour and actions and be open to receiving feedback
  • Let your staff contact know first if you have and problems so that we can find a solution together
  • Let your staff contact know if there are changes in your personal circumstances that may affect your volunteering


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