Self Help UK

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" Helping people whilst they're experiencing a traumatic time is a privilege to me. It feeds my soul and I am truly grateful to Beyond Diagnosis for giving me this opportunity, and to the people I've supported for letting me into their lives. "

Ian, 62, Wollaton

At Self Help UK we are always looking for volunteers

Are you enthusiastic and compassionate?

Do you have skills in IT, DIY, gardening?

Current Opportunities:


Macmillan Beyond Diagnosis Volunteer opportunity

In partnership with Self Help UK the Macmillan Beyond Diagnosis service offers emotional support and practical support and advice to local people affected by cancer. Our growing team of fantastic volunteers provide confidential one-to-one support to those living with and beyond cancer, family members and carers. Supporting people over the phonemeeting face to face for a coffee and a chat or offering more practical support. 

Whatever you choose to do, and however much time you have to give, you will be making an incredible difference to people affected by cancer across Nottinghamshire.

Volunteers are vital to the support provided to people affected by cancer at Self Help UK, and with over 40 years’ experience of managing volunteers we truly understand and value that volunteers make a huge difference to the lives of our service users. We would love for you to come and volunteer with us; we welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and circumstances, and we will support you all the way.

Volunteers needed across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

If you would like to volunteer with us, please follow the steps below:

  • Role details: 

  1. Group Support Volunteer  
  2. Practical Support Volunteer
  3. Emotional Support Volunteer
  • Complete: Online Application Form

  • Interview: Our Volunteer Lead will contact you to arrange an informal interview.

  • Training: You will be invited to a day training session as part of your application process. Once a volunteer with us, further training will be made available.

  • Match: Once we have your DBS clearance, references, and you have completed your training session, a Beyond Diagnosis Coordinator will contact you to match you to a client.

Thank you so much for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Celebrating our volunteers:

Self Help UK volunteers from Macmillan Beyond Diagnosis Cancer Support Service, Deaf Cancer Support and our peer support group volunteer every week.

Find out about their amazing volunteer journey and the fantastic support they offer to so many in the community Self Help UK would like to say thanks for the hundreds of hours they commit to every week.

To all our fantastic volunteers THANK YOU

Click here to read Sheila's Story

Click here to read Diana's Story

Click here to read Isabel's Story

Click here to read Jaqueline's Story

Click here to read Charmian's Volunteer Story

" I get a lot of enjoyment and fulfillment out of being able to help others, understanding from my own experience what they are going through and just being there for them, which they do really appreciate, much more than we often realise. "

Paul, Newark