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Macmillan Cancer Support and George Eliot Hospital looking for volunteers to help offer advice and support

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Julie Smith outside the cancer information centre
Macmillan Cancer’s Information and Support Centre at George Eliot Hospital will be opening shortly but the Macmillan Information Centre Manager is calling for volunteers to help her offer advice and support to people affected by cancer.

 

The centre, situated at the entrance to the hospital, will offer advice and information for hospital patients, their families and visitors affected by cancer.

Julie Smith, Macmillan Information Centre Manager said, “Work is progressing really well on the Macmillan Information and Support Centre, and it’s location at the front entrance of the hospital means that people with cancer will be able to find us very easily. But we really need some volunteers who can spare a few hours a week or month to enable us to run the service as well as we can.

“We are looking for people who will meet and greet visitors, provide appropriate information and signpost users to other services.  We need people who are friendly, reliable and trustworthy with good communication and listening skills.”

“Although many people interested in volunteering will have some knowledge of cancer, it is not essential as we will offer training to all of our volunteers.”

Monica Burchell, Macmillan Development Manager said, “Cancer is the toughest fight that many of us will face so it is vital that there is a team of people, like Julie, to be able to provide appropriate support. Volunteers play an enormous role in providing this support and we hope that there will be many people who can help in this way.”

If you are interested in volunteering phone Julie on 02476 153201 or email her at julie.smith3@geh.nhs.uk.

Macmillan Cancer Support is only able to pay for services such as this Information and Support Centre thanks to the generosity of the general public. If you would like to know how you can support us further please visit www.macmillan.org.uk