Why volunteer?

Volunteering has a positive impact on the lives of volunteers in many ways, and our volunteers offer their support for a variety of reasons, which include:

  • To gain new skills and experiences 
  • To meet new people and build friendships with other volunteers
  • Share specific skills that would benefit the Trust
  • To give back, after recovering from treatment 
  • To add structure and routine to their lives
  • Show their support for people whose lives are affected by cancer

"Both my mother and sister had cancer. They recovered and are well, but - during the pandemic - I decided I could use some of my time to volunteer and help out cancer patients." - Angela

What criteria do I need to meet?

  • The minimum age for volunteering is 16 years old (certain areas 18+). There is no upper age limit.
  • You should be able to commit to at least six months volunteering with regular weekly shifts of two to three hours, a minimum of 60 hours commitment.
  • You will be required to attend an interview, provide two references, and complete basic health clearance questionnaire and police check (DBS).

Subject to meeting these conditions, training will be provided. This includes completing our short e-learning modules, an induction and orientation session and any other mandatory training required by The Royal Marsden.

Please note that volunteering is not the same as work experience and there are no specific opportunities for observation of clinical procedures or facilities to shadow qualified members of staff.

What sort of tasks will I be doing?

The kinds of roles we have available change regularly, but here is a small selection of the things you could help with: 

  • Meeting and greeting patients and visitors 
  • Supporting staff on site
  • Hands-on tasks such as gardening or distributing meals 
  • Digital media tasks such as interviewing staff or taking photos 
  • Providing telephone support to service users 

The tasks expected of each role are outlined on the application page, so you can see in advance whether you think it would suit you. 

Check out our current available roles to learn more.

Divine, a young black woman, stands on the steps of the royal marsden in chelsea where she is a volunteer

How do I become a volunteer?

Simply submit an application and we'll get back to you.

Submit your application

If you would like to find out more about volunteering before applying, please contact a member of our voluntary services team via e-mail.

If you're specifically interested in supporting our charity partners, you can click on the links below:

National Volunteer Certificate

The NVC programme is currently closed to new participants. The website will be updated when applications have re-opened. Watch this space for some exciting new developments with the programme!