Cancer Coach Volunteer with lived experience of cancer

Health and social care | Mental health | Physical health | People and communities

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Location: Home based - anywhere in London or surrounding areas, U.K, WC2H 9JQ (see map)

Travel: Covent Garden station. Drury Lane bus stop.

Start date: Ongoing

What will I be doing?

  • Volunteers will be leading a weekly telephone support group for people who have completed their cancer treatment but find they are struggling with the emotions.
  • Volunteers will take participants through a 6 week course exploring CBT based techniques aiming to give people some tools and coping strategies on how to reframe negative thoughts and improve their mental health as they recover from their treatment.
  • The course is designed to work with the participants on the many emotions, worries and anxieties they have been left with after their cancer treatment ends. They will receive peer support from the other participants on the course, who have all been through similar experiences
  • The volunteer role is not to give advice or counselling, but to guide and facilitate the weekly phone calls and take participants through the course and lead meaningful discussions.
  • The course is led by the volunteer in the comfort and privacy of their own home, and all expenses and costs of call are covered by the charity. Full training and on going support for the volunteer is provided
Cancer Support UK - With you for as long as it takes

Cancer Support UK - With you for as long as it takes

What impact will this have?

  • You will be supporting people who have had the same experience as you - they have finished their cancer treatment and yet just when they feel they should be 'getting back to normal', they often feel worst of all.
  • You will be helping participants to regain a sense of control over their emotions and their recovery as they enter this next stage of life. They will be able to manage their depressions, worries and anxieties better at home.
  • By using your listening and communication skills along with your previous experience of cancer, you will be able to support others in need.

When are you needed?

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Commitment

  • Volunteers need to be able to commit to volunteering once a week for an hour, for 6 consecutive weeks. A small amount of preparation work will be needed each week, and a small amount of record keeping
  • We would ideally like volunteers to commit to volunteering with us for a year, to make the most of the training and experience.

Expenses

  • Expenses for any travel or phone calls incurred during your volunteering will be paid to a maximum of £4.50 a day

Background checks

  • No background checks are required

About the organisation:

Additional Information

What skills will be useful?
  • We are only looking for volunteers who have had a previous cancer diagnosis and are at least 2 years into their recovery.
What skills can I gain?
  • Interpersonal
  • Caring
  • Coaching
  • Counselling
  • Listening

Training

  • Full training on how to deliver the Cancer Coach course, manage boundaries and safeguarding, telephone facilitation skills and managing your own emotional wellbeing. Ongoing support from the Cancer Support UK team will also be available.

Location

Home based - anywhere in London or surrounding areas, U.K, WC2H 9JQ

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