Breast Cancer Haven, Wessex

Community Fundraising and Awareness Raising Volunteers

Role: Community Fundraising Volunteer

Where: In all communities surrounding Breast Cancer Haven, Wessex (Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex, Isle of Wight).

Commitment: Flexible, we have a full and varied calendar of events! You can take part in one or more to suit your location, schedule and availability, or arrange your own fundraising or awareness-raising activities.

Why we are asking for your help:

One in eight women are at risk of developing breast cancer in their life-times. The number of diagnoses in the UK each year is around 50,000 so there are a lot of people who need our specialist help and support. Please help us to ensure that these people get the help they deserve to cope better with side-effects of breast cancer. As a Community Fundraising Volunteer you will support us with a range of fundraising activities and encourage support for Breast Cancer Haven within the local community.

What we will ask you to do:

  • Help to promote  Breast Cancer Haven and encourage support from your local community
  • Support at various other fundraising and awareness raising events such as quizzes, tea parties, carol singing and so on
  • Help us collect donations at train stations and shopping centres
  • Help us cheer on participants in running and walking events (such as 10ks)
  • Visit local businesses to pick up and drop off collection tins
  • Follow Breast Cancer Haven’s policies and procedures at all times and participate in training when provided

What the role holder will need to bring to the role:

  • A genuine interest in the work of Breast Cancer Haven
  • Good team working skills, enthusiasm and flexibility
  • Reliability and an honest approach
  • Be aged 18 or over

What you will get in return:

This role will provide you with the opportunity to meet new people and share a common goal. You will receive regular support from the fundraising team at your local Breast Cancer Haven in Wessex and will be provided with guidance to help you in your role. You will be playing an important role in helping the work of Breast Cancer Haven Wessex and supporting people affected by breast cancer.

Mission Statement

Your help through the toughest times

Breast Cancer Haven is the charity that supports women through their breast cancer treatment. When breast cancer tries to rob a woman of her individuality, her confidence or her strength, we provide the tailored package of emotional, physical and practical support that helps her hold on to them. 

We support women and their families via a network of six welcoming centres around the UK and through an expanding network of other services.

We're there to provide women with breast cancer the support that treatment alone can't.

How we do it

We offer advice on practical things like money and work, help combatting stress, exhaustion and nausea, advice on healthy eating and exercise. And above all, there will always be someone to talk to about your deepest fears.

Our trained professional nurses, therapists, counsellors and advisers listen to your individual concerns and give you all the practical, emotional and physical support you need in a tailor-made package.

Our support is free of charge and available in our beautiful Breast Cancer Haven centres – which are as far away from a hospital environment as you can imagine.

Each visitor to Breast Cancer Haven can expect to receive up to ten free hours' of supportive therapy time. In addition, you will also receive two hours' of nurse specialist time at the beginning and end of your tailored programme.

Our free support is also available to men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Family members

Family members and close friends of people that have been diagnosed with breast cancer can access up to four hours' of free counselling.

Anyone can come – whether you’ve just been diagnosed, having treatment or in recovery. There is no need for a doctor’s referral. So just contact us, make an appointment and we will take it from there.

If you can't get to one of our Breast Cancer Haven centres help is also available over the telephone, through our self-help films on this website or via our Haven at Home DVD which you can order free of charge from our shop.