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 support and care for those diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Due to no current representation in the Far North so we have a particular need 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. Have completed the Volunteer Support Person training day.
Generally, you support one or two women a month and we reimburse you for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred.
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. We always recommend that women, in the first instance, seek such information from their medical team, 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 visit a client at home, meet 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 email us if you'd like to share your skills and support others.
BCSNT have many events and activities planned to promote awareness of breast cancer in our community and raise vital funds to help us continue to support local women with breast cancer.
If you are interested in helping us man a stand, hold a collection bucket, marshal the crowds or blow up balloons. Contact us to discuss!
Share your skills
Do you have professional skills that could help us achieve our goals?
Do you have some spare time to help us with data entry?
Do you have an interesting topic that you could share with our patients at one of our patient luncheons (eg: cake decorating)?
Do you have creative hands and have items we could use in raffles or as prizes at events?
Please email us if you'd like to share your skills