supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering

Volunteering Opportunity Details

  • Helping Matters Fife Volunteer
    with Macmillan Cancer Support (This is not a Fife-based organisation).

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO72783 - Created/last updated: 04/08/2020


    About this opportunity:DUE TO COVID-19 CURRENTY PAUSED BUT STILL OPERATING A WAITING LIST. Helping Matters is a new programme in Fife and as a practical and emotional support volunteer, you'll be doing something amazing for people at a difficult time.
    Volunteers will be helping someone affected by cancer who will identify the support most useful to them, which may change over time. Activities could include:
    Practical support such as helping with daily activities such as shopping, gardening and housework.
    Emotional support such as listening and talking, providing a supportive relationship to help reduce feelings of isolation, offer reassurance and increase confidence.

    This role involves working unsupervised in the community. Support is available from local Macmillan staff and volunteers will receive an induction and training, plus access to our lone worker personal safety system.

    Takes place:
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:no upper age limit has been specified
    Training provided:Every volunteer undertakes core Macmillan volunteer training which covers the history of Macmillan, an understanding of the role and topics such as boundaries, confidentiality, dealing with difficult situations, communication skills and safeguarding. Volunteers will have access to a free learning and development programme and an online learning platform. Volunteers will be supported by a Lead Volunteer and Volunteer Services Coordinator and there are workshops, meetings and gatherings throughout the year.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - All out of pocket expenses agreed in advance in line with our guidelines will be reimbursed. Mileage paid at 45p per mile and bus tickets reimbursed. The volunteer can choose to submit expenses weekly or monthly.

    Experience required:Good listener, clear communicator and able to maintain confidentiality. Patient, flexible and reliable. Able to work independently with guidance and support. Able to recognise when to ask for support. Able to respect others' differences and choices.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; Informal Chat; Interview; PVG membership required; References

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsHelping Matters is a new programme in Fife and is looking for volunteers from all communities across Fife to be able to provide support within their local area. Volunteers will need access to a car or public transport. All out of pocket expenses agreed in advance in line with our guidelines will be reimbursed.

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.

    What Now?

    To enquire/register an interest in this opportunity call us (FVA) on 0800 389 6046, e-mail us, or fill out this form:

    Please tell us what age group you are in:
    Are you looking to improve your employability prospects by volunteering?    

      You can print these opportunity details.

    Go to main volunteering opportunities page

Suggest an update/report an error/enquire about this page

Other Opportunities

Here are some shortcuts to other, similar opportunities:

Type of volunteering: Befriending / Mentoring
Opportunities which benefit Health/Hospitals/Hospices

Go to main volunteering opportunities page

What is volunteering?

Find out more about volunteering
View our introduction to volunteering page or contact us to find out more - our experts love helping people of all ages and backgrounds to become volunteers.

Register your opportunity
If you are an Organisation that would like your opportunity to be shown on our website, promoted by us, and for our staff to be aware of it when matching potential volunteers, please submit an Opportunity Registration Form,

Help and Support

Call us to arrange an appointment
Give us a call on 0800 389 6046 to arrange an appointment to chat with our staff about what opportunities are available. Meetings can be arranged outside of the office in some cases.

Register with us
Fill out our registration form and a member of staff will then get in touch with you to discuss volunteering options to suit you.

Volunteering Bulletin

If you volunteer or you're interested in volunteering then sign up for our free e-mail bulletin for volunteers - it only takes a few seconds. We send out bulletins roughly every two weeks and you can unsubscribe at any time.