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Try something new and support vital life-saving research

1 in 2 of us will get cancer in our lifetime. But we can all support the research that will beat it. Every shirt you steam, book you sell, hour you donate, or shopper you serve – we all have a part to play. Together we will beat cancer.

Reasons why you should volunteer with us

Be a part of your community, make new friends and join a fantastic team.

Volunteering is easy and flexible and can be designed to fit around your personal and work commitments.

Grow your confidence - our friendly CRUK team will be there to support you all the way.

Reduce isolation and improve overall wellbeing.

By volunteering, you’re helping people affected by cancer. It can also sometimes lead on to paid work in retail, customer service or other sectors.

Build on skills, experience, and enhance employability. For those interested in England based shop volunteer roles, there could also be the opportunity to gain a formal, fully-funded qualification through Derby College subject to eligibility and local authority budgets – further info found here (link is external) and here (link is external). (England only for those volunteering 16hrs+ p/wk and subject to further qualifying criteria and local authority budgets).

Your Volunteering Journey

Leslie, a shop volunteer

Hear from Leslie

Enfield Shop Volunteer

“My fellow volunteers supported my impairment and knew that I needed to be facing them when they were talking to me. To alert me of an emergency, they would flash lights as I wasn’t able to hear the fire alarm. They really made me feel included in all aspects of the shop.”

Paul a Cancer Research volunteer

Hear from Paul

Blackheath Shop Volunteer

“I started volunteering because I wanted to keep busy, but also to help support a charity who continue to change the lives of so many. My day-to-day activities include serving at the till, sorting through donations and signing customers up to gift aid, to name a few!”

We're here to help

If you have further questions or would like to speak to the team contact us on volunteerenquiry@cancer.org.uk or call our Supporter Services team on 0300 1231022.

Our opening hours are 8am – 6pm, Monday – Friday