People volunteer for different reasons but they all bring skills, passion and energy to their role.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life but they are all committed to reducing the impact and incidence of cancer.

We wouldn’t be able to support, inform and empower those affected by cancer without volunteers like you.

You too can make a positive impact in your community, be part of a team, share your experience, learn new skills, and develop lasting friendships.

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Volunteer with the Cancer Society

You can make a difference. Find a role that's right for you in one of our offices across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Volunteer with us
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I have a whole new realm of friends -we're one big club. I think everyone in life should give back

Michelle Douglas, Volunteer

We have volunteer opportunities that fit in with the rest of your life

You can spend as much or as little time as you want volunteering with us.

There are some volunteer roles that require on-going regular commitment whilst others are more flexible.

There are many one-off opportunities with events such as Daffodil Day and Relay For Life.

We match volunteer roles with your skills

We clearly outline for all of our volunteer roles what skills and experience is required.

We always try to find a role that matches your experience, interest and availability.

And we give you training and support

All volunteers will be introduced to the Cancer Society.

For some roles you will attend workshops on a range of topics including active listening and maintaining boundaries and confidentiality.

We also hold regular update sessions that focus on support needs of people affected by cancer and that hone your practical skills and techniques to ensure safe practice.

There will be a contact person who will support you in your role.

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Client checks into a Cancer Society lodge
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Volunteer talking to client at Cancer Society lodge
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Cancer Society Volunteer Driver
Top: Client checks into a Cancer Society lodge | Bottom left: Volunteer talking to client at Cancer Society lodge | Bottom right: Cancer Society Volunteer Driver
Left: Client checks into a Cancer Society lodge | Top right: Volunteer talking to client at Cancer Society lodge | Bottom right: Cancer Society Volunteer Driver

There is no pay - but you are rewarded in other ways

You don't get paid to volunteer, however we may reimburse you for agreed costs, such as covering the cost of petrol if you are a volunteer driver.

If you have had cancer you are able to volunteer and share your cancer experience with others.

You can change your role to fit your availability

You can finish volunteering or take a break at any time. It may be that a new volunteer role is better suited to your current circumstances.

Our team is happy to discuss this with you and find a role that suits your needs and availability.

Volunteering at events such as Daffodil Day or Relay for Life may only be for a couple of hours or a day.

What sort of things can you do as a volunteer?

Our volunteer roles include:

  • helping in our accommodation
  • supporting people at their hospital appointments
  • driving people with cancer to their appointments
  • Giving us a hand in our offices
  • Helping with events
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Volunteering at Relay For Life Volunteering at Relay For Life
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I have met so many lovely people. I just love the people contact. The stories they tell make me happy.

Janice, Volunteer driver
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4,763
Registered volunteers
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1,300
Volunteer drivers
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200,917
Hours worked by Cancer Society volunteers
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Volunteer with the Cancer Society

You can make a difference. Find a role that's right for you in one of our offices across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Volunteer with us
Last updated: April 14, 2021