Frequently asked questions
People get a lot out of volunteering: fun, a sense of achievement, meeting people and making friends, broadening life experience, boosting confidence, reducing stress, improving health and learning new skills, plus they get to make a real contribution to the work of Cancer Society.
Who can volunteer?
Cancer Society volunteers come from all walks of life but they are all committed to reducing the impact and incidence of cancer.
How much time will I need to commit?
As much or as little as you like, it is up to you. There are some volunteer roles that require ongoing regular commitment while others are more flexible. There are many one-off opportunities with events, like Daffodil Day and Relay For Life.
What skills and experience do I need?
We clearly outline for all of our volunteer roles what skills and experience is required. We always try to find a role that matches your experience, interest and availability.
What support will I be given?
All volunteers will be introduced to the Cancer Society. For some roles you will attend workshops on a range of topics including active listening and maintaining boundaries and confidentiality. We also hold regular update sessions that focus on support needs of people affected by cancer and that hone your practical skills and techniques to ensure safe practice.
There will be a contact person who will support you in your role.
Are volunteers paid?
No; however, volunteers may choose to be reimbursed for agreed costs which they incur as part of their volunteer role.
Can I volunteer if I have cancer?
Cancer Society welcomes volunteers that have had a cancer experience and values the skills and knowledge that you can contribute. How you can become involved will be discussed at the time of application.
What happens if my circumstances change and I can no longer volunteer?
You can finish volunteering or take a break at any time. It may be that a new volunteer role is better suited to your current circumstances. Our team is happy to discuss this with you and find a role that suits your needs and availability.
I’m working full-time can I still volunteer?
Yes, there are a number of opportunities that can be fitted around a busy working week. These can include a number of special event volunteer opportunities that occur on weekends.