Details of the Organisation:
Cancer Research UK is a charity in the United Kingdom, formed on 4 February 2002 by the merger of The Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. Its aim is to reduce the number of deaths from cancer. As the world’s largest independent cancer research charity it conducts research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Research activities are carried out in institutes, universities and hospitals across the UK, both by the charity’s own employees and by its grant-funded researchers. It also provides information about cancer and runs campaigns aimed at raising awareness of the disease and influencing public policy.
Details of The Volunteering Opportunity:
You will use your passion, enthusiasm and stories to bring our campaigns to life; influencing politicians to make sure cancer is a priority. Ambassadors receive updates every 1-2 weeks on the exciting activities they can get involved in to support our campaigns. We estimate you’d need to able to volunteer 2 hours of your time each month; plus a full day for big campaigning events, once or twice a year. The campaign actions will vary for each campaign we run. E.g. It’s unlikely you would meet your MP and collect petitions signatures at the same time.
As an Ambassador you will be representing Cancer Research UK, so it is important that you act appropriately and within the bounds of your role.
- Our Ambassadors must:
- Be 18 years or over and a permanent UK resident
- Behave in accordance with our Volunteering Policy (available online and upon request) and remain politically neutral when engaging with politicians from different political parties
- Use consistent messaging and only undertake actions as requested by the Campaigns team. This is to ensure that our campaigns have maximum impact.
- A keen interest in the issues we campaign on and a passion for campaigning
- The willingness to learn and draw upon your confidence and enthusiasm to interact with a variety of audiences, including politicians
- Commitment and determination to see a campaign through
Additional Benefits to the Volunteer:
- You will be able to share your passion for beating cancer sooner with the people who have the power to make a difference
- A chance to develop a wide range of skills and improve your CV, plus gain new experiences you normally wouldn’t have (e.g. invitation to cancer/ health conferences)
- An opportunity to meet likeminded people from different walks of life
- You will be reimbursed agreed expenses you incur as a result of your role
- Hours volunteered will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
- All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the End of Year Volunteers Dinner
To Apply please visit: www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/campaign-for-us/our-ambassadors