Volunteer Hub

Volunteers fundraising at a bake sale

Welcome to the Volunteer Hub!

If you’re already one of our amazing volunteers, then this hub is for you. This is the place where we’ll keep you updated and connected with everything to do with volunteering at Cancer Research UK

Season’s Greetings to all our incredible volunteers

Together we’ve come so far, and it’s down to people like you – our incredible volunteers who support our shops, our events, our fundraising and more.

So, a huge thank you from the Volunteering Team for all your support this year, and always.

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You contribute so much to our progress each and every day. As we reflect on the last 12 months, we also hope you’ve had some special moments together when volunteering with us this year. Lucy and Stan below told us all about volunteering during the festive season, as well as some of their favourite memories.

Our 'Welcome to Volunteering' booklet

Volunteers

We want you to get the most out of volunteering with us and feel supported. Your volunteer manager will be able to tell you more about how we can support you in your role.

The Welcome to Volunteering booklet has been designed for volunteers as an overview of everything you need to know about your time with us. It includes volunteer stories, our commitment to you, and outlines why volunteers like you are vital to Cancer Research UK.

Our 'Welcome to Volunteering' video

The Welcome to Volunteering film outlines how the time you give supports vital work so that Cancer Research UK can continue to make progress.  You’ll hear from Margaret and Mike about their own experiences of volunteering and you’ll find out about all the different volunteering and development opportunities available to you. When you join us we want you to feel supported, updated and a valued member of our volunteering community. We welcome and appreciate your feedback at any time.

Watch the film:

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Watch Margaret's story:

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Watch Mike's story:

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Investing in our volunteers

Investing in Volunteers logo

We’re delighted to have recently been awarded the Investing in Volunteers accreditation for good practice in volunteer management. We appreciate the amazing impact that our volunteers have on our mission to beat cancer. This accreditation is our commitment that we’ll do all we can to give back to our volunteers as much as you give to us.   

Celebrating 20 years of time

Leeds actress Gaynor Faye standing outside CRUK Horsforth shop with volunteers Helen and Rachel

This year marks 20 years since Cancer Research UK was formed. That’s 20 years of extraordinary researchers making lifesaving scientific discoveries. And 20 years of extraordinary people – like you – donating your money, skills, and time to enable them to do that. Whether you’ve been volunteering with us for 20 days, or 20 years, we are so grateful. The time you collectively give adds up to great things.

This is the story of volunteering from 2002 to present day. Of minutes and days which turn into months and years. The story of our 33,000 time-givers. You.

Share your story with us

We love to hear our volunteers' stories. If you'd like to feature on this page, please share your volunteering experience with us including what you enjoy about your role, any special volunteering memories, and a picture of you.

Share your volunteering story

Your wellbeing

Wellbeing

We all know it’s important to look after our mental health. Here are a few external resources you can access to get further support:

‘That Cancer Conversation’ – our new podcast

That cancer conversation

Have you heard about our new Cancer Research UK podcast? Our third episode is joined by Sigourney Bell, a researcher at The University of Cambridge, whose work looks to find new treatments for supratentorial ependymoma, a rare children’s brain cancer.

Hear about the challenges of working on a rare children's cancer and what led to the founding of Black in Cancer. 

Recognising our incredible volunteers

Volunteers

Thanks to volunteers like you, we’ve made huge advances in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. Read more about some of the ways we celebrate the achievements of our volunteers. 

Feel more confident to talk about cancer and health

Talk Cancer

Join our Talk Cancer live online workshop to feel more equipped and confident to have supportive conversations about how people can reduce their risk of cancer, the importance of early diagnosis, and cancer screening.

The online workshops are led by our experienced Talk Cancer trainers, and on completion you’ll get a certificate and a digital Talk Cancer information booklet.