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Macmillan appeal for volunteers in Northumberland

Friday, 22 July, 2016
Macmillan appeal for volunteers in Northumberland

Volunteers are being recruited to give their time to the Macmillan Support Service in Northumberland. 

People of all ages from 18 through to retirement age are being sought to give anything from a couple of hours of their time to support people who are going through cancer, life limiting illness or those who have been bereaved.

Volunteering roles can give valuable experience in the local health sector working closely with the NHS and charities, and individuals with an interest in issues including bereavement, cancer or life limiting illness may find the role beneficial. Full training is provided.

Lisa Johnstone, Project Lead for Macmillan Support Services, said: “Volunteers make a vitally important contribution to our service and there are a range of roles available if you or someone you know would like to get involved.

“We are looking for volunteers to offer one to one support in bereavement and befriending across Northumberland.  

“At local hospitals we have volunteers who provide emotional support to patients on the oncology and palliative care units and we are looking to increase our volunteers to meet the demand.

“If you can offer a couple of hours per week there are opportunities to ensure people get the information and support they need during a difficult time in their lives.”

The Macmillan Support Service is provided by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Care, and offers access to information and support for adults living with or beyond cancer or a life limiting condition, and their families and carers. The service is available to anyone aged over 18 in Northumberland.

Look out for posters in community and health venues across Northumberland and a facebook campaign with more information. For more information about the service or the volunteering opportunities available please contact the Northumberland team on 01670 855533 or email