Support Volunteers at Breast Cancer Support Northland

Have you been on a Breast Cancer journey?

Are you interested in helping others move through their experience with Breast Cancer? If so, we'd love to hear from you!

 

Currently, we have a shortage of Volunteer Support People to assist us in providing help and care for those diagnosed with Breast Cancer. We have a particular need in the Far North due to no current representation there. Free training is provided.

 

To be eligible you must:

  • Have had a Breast Cancer diagnosis yourself and be 18 months+ post-treatment. Be able to maintain confidentiality and keep an accurate record of your client interactions. Also complete a one day Volunteer Support Person training.

Generally, you support one women a month.

Volunteer Duties

The role involves you as a volunteer to be a support and guiding example of how women can cope and manage a breast cancer diagnosis. You will need the ability to relate, understand and have empathy with the fears and feelings that come with a breast cancer diagnosis. You will be there to help verbally and sometimes in person so they can successfully navigate their journey. You will be offering practical and emotional support, encouragement, information, and sometimes a shoulder to cry on.

 

However, as a volunteer, you do not offer medical or treatment advice, but you can listen and have information on resources available to them.

 

Volunteers tend to phone, video chat, text, or email their clients. Sometimes it may be necessary to meet a client in a public place for a coffee or go to an appointment with them. The amount of contact is up to you and your client to decide on what's comfortable for you both.

 

Our aim is to have Volunteer Support contacts/visitors across the region and of various ages and ethnicities so that we can better match a patient with a supporter. Our next training session will be in early 2022, this will give you the confidence and tools for your new role.

 

All Volunteers are subject to approval by the Breast Cancer Support Northland Trustees and are required to pass police vetting.

 

Please contact us if you'd like to share your skills and support others.

Share your skills

Do you have professional skills that could help us achieve our goals?  We would appreciate any part time or even occassional help with event management, marketing, admin support, fundraising, grant applications, counselling, catering or hair and beauty specialists.

 

Do you have some spare time to help us with data entry?

 

Do you have creative hands and have items we could use in raffles or as prizes at events?

 

Please contact us if you'd like to share your skills

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