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Why volunteer?

  • Gain skills, experience & enhance your CV
  • Improve self confidence & wellbeing
  • Support your local community and elders
  • Connect with others & keep active

“Volunteering has helped to keep me busy and appreciate all I have in my life. There is nothing better than knowing you really are helping someone else and yourself too!”

Being There Volunteer

“Volunteering makes me feel like I am making a difference! If you are thinking about volunteering go for it!”

Being There Volunteer

Click here to find out how to Become a Volunteer

Volunteering at Being There

Volunteers are highly valued at Being There as they support the well-being of people affected by cancer and other life-limiting illness in the Greater Manchester area. Volunteers really do make a difference to the people they support.

Volunteering roles at Being There:

Befriending/listening : face-to-face, online and telephone support enables people to feel heard and improves well-being. Befrienders may also join our face-to-face and online support groups.

Respite Sitting: sitting with someone to allow their carers some much needed time to themselves.

Transport Support Volunteers: car owner/drivers to help get clients to and from Being There ‘support and social groups’, hospital/medical appointments and to wait with clients if required.

Counselling Volunteers (post graduates) – to provide counselling for those requiring a higher level of psychological support. More details here (link to counselling page).

What do we look for in a volunteer?

The most important qualities are reliability, honesty, flexibility where possible, a willingness to listen and a non-judgemental attitude. All volunteers are fully trained and supported by staff. There are social events where you can meet other volunteers too.

We are looking for people with a minimum of a couple of hours a month to spare.

All volunteers are legally required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before undertaking any role with Being There.

All volunteers opportunities are in Greater Manchester UK and applicants must be over 18.

Are volunteers given any expenses?

Yes, volunteers are reimbursed for out of pocket expenses. Public transport fares, mileage, parking fees, etc.

Interested in Volunteering with Being There? Join our friendly team

Fill in the online application form or print one off, fill it in and return to us. Alternatively ring: 0345 123 23 29 or email for more details. Please leave a message with your contact details if the line is busy.

Sorry but our volunteering is for Greater Manchester, UK residents only and for over people aged 18 or over. If you are outside this area please support us by following us on facebook and twitter or by donating via our donate button.

Volunteer Training

Being There has an excellent free informal and friendly training package for volunteers, which includes how to listen and respond well plus looking at issues facing people with  cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, their carers and families. We also offer other kinds of training to support volunteering.

Volunteer training programmes are run throughout the year. These are open to other voluntary organisations.

Our training sessions are about 2 hours long and are currently held online via zoom.

If you are interested in volunteering with us please fill in the online application or contact us by phone 0345 123 23 29 or e-mail for further details.

Training dates for 2024:

Thursday 16th May

Thursday 4th July

Thursday 12th September

Thursday 14th November

Become a Volunteer...

We currently have volunteering opportunities in Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Tameside.

Online Volunteer Application Form


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