However, following the return of the Volunteering Team from furlough leave, we’re working to develop new ways for people to give their time to the charity. These will include opportunities to volunteer from home. Please check back soon, as we’ll be reopening recruitment to all of our opportunities as soon as we’re able.
Below are some of the questions we were most frequently asked about volunteering at Teenage Cancer Trust (pre-COVID-19). We’ve updated these so they’re accurate for now and the foreseeable future.
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Frequently asked questions
Why should I volunteer?
Everyone who volunteers does so for very different reasons. Some do it to enhance their skills and CV, others to have a positive impact on a cause they feel strongly about, and others to meet new people and have fun. Well, volunteering with Teenage Cancer Trust does all of that in one, and much much more.
We have some of the most exciting opportunities around and no matter what you do with us, you will be having a huge impact by helping us to support young people with cancer.
How do I apply?
Right now we don’t have any roles available due to COVID-19. When this changes, each advert will specify how to apply or register. This may differ from one role to the next.
How do I find out what opportunities you have at the moment?
Right now, we don't have any opportunities listed on our current opportunities, but we hope this will change soon, so please do check back.
Can I volunteer on a Teenage Cancer Trust unit?
We don’t tend to offer opportunities to volunteer directly on our units or with young people with cancer. If its specifically this type of role you’re interested in, we suggest you get in touch with the volunteering service at your local NHS hospital trust.
Do you offer work experience?
We get a lot of requests for work experience at Teenage Cancer Trust and unfortunately, we are not able to offer placements at the moment.
Can I volunteer if I’m under 16?
If you’re 13 or over – yes!
Though not every volunteer opportunity can be open to all ages, we make sure that as many as possible have a minimum age limit of 13 so that young people are able to support us in this way.
All volunteers under the age of 18 need to have written parental consent to volunteer, so we suggest filling in our paper-based sign-up form rather than the online version. If you’re looking to volunteer for a specific event, let us know on the form or drop us an email along with your form.
If you’re aged 13-15, you’ll also need to have an accompanying adult with you. This is someone aged 18+ who will take responsibility for you on the day, and who is also signed up to volunteer at the same event(s) as you. They can register using our online sign up and should state on their application that they will be accompanying you.
If you’re 16 or 17, you can volunteer without an accompanying adult.
How much time do I have to give?
The amount of time we ask volutneers to commit to varies depending on the opportunity. Some opportunities only ask volunteers to commit to a few hours on one particular day and others ask for a longer term commitment. We will always make it clear what time commitment we are asking of you and in most circumstances we can be flexible.
If I volunteer at a large event (e.g. football match or music concert) will I always get to see the event itself?
If you volunteer for Teenage Cancer Trust at events we try our best to allow you to see the event itself. However, this depends on the type of event and the availability of space. Most of the time, volunteers are able to gain access, but decisions will be made on the day and are final. Agreeing to volunteer with Teenage Cancer Trust will not automatically guarantee volunteers access to an event.
I don’t live near your London office, can I still volunteer?
Our London office is closed at the moment, so any volunteering that would take place there has been moved online, with volunteers taking part from home.
Once things begin to return to normal, we will once again work in communities across the UK. Our current opportunities page is divided up geographically, so you’ll be able to find opportunities in your region when we have them.
I’m looking for therapeutic or medical work experience, can I apply to help on your units?
At the moment we don’t offer work experience placements on our units or working directly with young people with cancer.Get in touch with the volunteering service at your local NHS hospital trust for further information about volunteering opportunities at hospitals.
I have a criminal record, does this mean I can’t volunteer?
Not necessarily, this will depend on what your criminal record is for and the role you are applying for. We will only ask about your criminal record where it’s relevant to the volunteering role (e.g. if you’re interacting with our young people). We reserve the right to make a decision on a case-by-case basis.
Can I claim expenses for volunteering?
Teenage Cancer Trust will reimburse out of pocket travel and sustenance expenses incurred in the course of your volunteering, in line with our Volunteer Expenses Policy.
Will I have to wear a uniform?
If you’re volunteering at an event, yes. We ask all volunteers representing Teenage Cancer Trust in public to wear the latest Teenage Cancer Trust uniform whilst on shift so that members of the public and attendees can easily identify you as being part of the team. Depending on the event, you will either receive your t-shirt or bib in the post at least 48 hours before the event or onsite at the event.
If you’re volunteering from home, in the office or somewhere else ‘unseen’, then a uniform won’t be necessary (but we won’t stop you!).