Types of volunteer roles
Thinking about volunteering with us but want to know more about what types of volunteer work you could be doing first? You’ve come to the right place!
Our volunteers tell us that Teenage Cancer Trust is an exciting place to volunteer. Pre-Covid-19, our volunteers cheered on our runners at challenge events and our Bucket Bosses collected much-needed funds at events so we can support more young people affected by cancer. We’ll have these opportunities back up and running when crowds are safe again, but we’re also planning brand new ways to volunteer, including desk-based roles which you can do without leaving home.
Types of volunteer work you could be doing
Here at Teenage Cancer Trust, we love buckets… raising money with them that is! The general public sees our volunteers in shops, at events and on the streets flaunting their buckets and getting people to dig deep for young people with cancer. And now cash is on the decline, our Bucket Bosses now often take contactless payments too.
Wherever they are, whoever they are, they are channelling the amazing determination and teenage spirit of our young people.
Teenage Cancer Trust fundraising events are one of a kind. Volunteers make sure the events run smoothly; from helping to manage an auction at an awards ceremony to selling raffle tickets at balls and galas, they make things happen.
By volunteering your time to support an event you’ll be having a direct impact on the amount of money we raise so that we can continue to increase our support to young people who are diagnosed with cancer.
We are really lucky to have fantastic supporters who run, cycle, swim, climb, skydive and paddle to raise money to help us reach more young people with cancer. Volunteers who come along to help on challenge days help us to give the participants that extra oomph to finish in spectacular style.
These are some of our easiest and shortest volunteering opportunities to get involved with, but they have a huge impact and leave you with the most fantastic memories. After all, it’s like finishing a marathon without doing any of the running… what more could you want?
You could join us as a Finish Line Marshal at the London Marathon, a photographer at the Great North Run, or as part of the cheering team at events all over the UK. The possibilities are endless!
Our head office on Oxford Street in central London is a busy and exciting place to be. With a wide variety of teams working in fundraising, delivering our services for young people, communications and finance, we’re always on the lookout for brilliant people to come and give us a hand.
As has been the case for so many businesses, the pandemic has changed the way we work, with many of our staff who were previously office-based now splitting their time between the office and home. We’re mirroring this when developing new ‘desk-based’ volunteering roles, meaning the choice is yours when it comes to location.
Roles vary depending on our current needs, but could involve helping us to organise music events, working on projects with our fundraising or marketing teams, supporting us to deliver services to young people, or speaking to our incredible supporters. No matter what you end up working on, you’ll be impacting our small and vibrant teams in a huge way.
It’s important to us that our volunteers get as much out of volunteering ‘at the office’ as we do. We’ll aim to enhance your skills as much as we can and support you with development as we go along.
Music is at the heart of Teenage Cancer Trust and we love to give volunteers the chance to rock out (and help out) at amazing gigs and festivals across the UK.
With the support of some of the biggest names in music and comedy including The Who, The Vamps, Paul McCartney, Oasis, The Cure, Jessie J, Florence + The Machine, Russell Brand, and Jason Manford, we have some of the most exclusive music volunteering opportunities around.
There are occasions when we need volunteers with particular skills or professional experience to help us out.
When it’s safe to do so, it’s likely we’ll once more be looking for photographers, masseurs and sports therapists to help out at our events, but future opportunities could include film-making, writing, planning or coaching.
We’ll advertise for these roles on our volunteering page when we have them, but if you think have a particular skill you think could we could use, email [email protected] and we’ll get in touch for a chat.