Volunteer for Cancer Research UK

Three female volunteers cheering at race for life

Find a volunteer role

1 in 2 of us will get cancer in our lifetime. Our volunteers play a vital part in helping us achieve our mission of beating cancer. Develop new skills, make new friends and support our life-saving research. 

Together we are beating cancer. 

Crowd of volunteers at race for life finish line

Opportunity of the month: Race for Life volunteering

Support participants at Race for Life, our biggest series of fundraising events.

We have events in need of extra support if you're able to give your time before the end of July. Do as much or as little as you can. Every hour you give is a huge help in making our events run smoothly.

Sign up today

Event volunteering

Female volunteer helping outside at one of our Big Hike events

Time commitment: A typical event will be for either a morning/afternoon or full day, although we can be flexible to suit your availability

Our teams of event volunteers and staff love what they do! No event day is the same and no matter which event or role you choose, we're sure you'll have lots of fun meeting some fantastic people whilst supporting our cause.

Corporate volunteering

Group of volunteers supporting on race day cheering at the railings

You can have a fun day out with your colleagues while helping to beat cancer.

Whether you can cheer on participants around an event, manage stock at one of our shops or superstores, or get clicky with the online marketplace, there's something for every group wanting to lend a hand!

Shop volunteering

volunteer behind till at CRUK store

Time commitment: As little as 1 hour per week.

We're looking for volunteers to help in our shops. Can you spare an hour a week to help out?

We have flexible hours to fit around you, so check out how you can get involved today.

Community Fundraising

Community fundraising group catching up

Time commitment: With flexible roles available you can pick a role that fits in with you!

Become one of our fantastic supporters and help contribute to fundraising activities and events across the UK – either by yourself, with friends, family and colleagues, or as part of one of our 400+ fundraising groups. We’ll support you every step of the way.

There are so many ways that you can fundraise and each one has a huge impact on our life-saving research.

Campaign for change

Cancer campaigners outside of parliament

Join our campaigners and help persuade governments to improve policies related to cancer.

From communicating with your local politicians or signing a petition online, you can make a difference.

Share your cancer story

Man using his computer

Time commitment: 1 hour or more.

By sharing your experience of cancer as a media volunteer, you can help raise awareness and help beat cancer.

Patient involvement

Two men hugging

Time commitment: 1 hour or more.

Can you share your experience to make a difference?

We actively involve people affected by cancer in our work to shape and guide projects as they develop.

The impact our volunteers make

Volunteer Hub

The Volunteer Hub is a dedicated area for our volunteers. Here you can keep up to date with the latest volunteering information, read news from across Cancer Research UK or tell us about your experience with us. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At Cancer Research UK Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and the wellbeing of our volunteers is important to us.

A workforce that is diverse and inclusive will help us to reach our full potential as an organisation by supporting our people to reach theirs. We have committed networks across the organisation working to ensure that these aims are met. 

We are keen to learn more and be more inclusive, so please tell us if you have any ideas on how we can make that happen.

Email us at: volunteering@cancer.org.uk.

Can't find what you're looking for?

Take a look at our FAQ page if you have any questions still unanswered.

Want to speak to one of the Volunteering team?

Contact us by email at volunteering@cancer.org.uk or call our Supporter Services team on 0300 1231022.

Our opening hours are 8am – 6pm, Monday – Friday