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To celebrate Volunteers Week, this week we're giving control of the Community News Blog to some Macmillan's wonderful volunteer. This post is by Chris Lewis, a Volunteer Co-ordinator at our head office and winner of a Vicky Clement-Jones award for his dedication to volunteering and making a difference to people affected by cancer.
I've been volunteering with Macmillan Cancer Support for almost four years. My main
role is working in the Volunteering Team, helping recruit volunteers and interns.
But I also do work out in the community with people affected by cancer.
My Macmillan volunteering started after I had
been diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer. Unfortunately I'v been unable to return to my
previous work, and didn’t know how to proceed with my new life. I wanted to use
my experience to help people that were in a similar position to myself and
Macmillan helped me do some courses to learn more about cancer and its effects.
Volunteering is a massive part of my life, and
gives me a focus. Because I
am still having regular treatment, I'm able to fit my volunteering round my treatment schedule, which is great.
I feel very much a part of the team at
Macmillan and I feel that my experience and business skills are truly valued. I
frequently get asked to talk at conferences or with new members of staff. I am
now a member of Macmillan Council, which meets with the board of directors to
discuss the organisation's progress and policy.
works in all areas of cancer care, and can always use more help and money.
Volunteering is a fabulous way of giving something back. It's a flexible way of learning new skills, and feeling part of a team. Knowing that
you are working to improve people’s lives is a fabulous feeling. I can
thoroughly recommend it!
involved is easy. Just go to our website and check out volunteering opportunities in your area. There is such a variety of ways you can volunteer, you'll be surprised how convenient it
Some of the
other ways that I'm involved in
volunteering are as follows: I have my own charity, I am a buddy for cancer
patients, I run a support group, I set up a Buddying Scheme @ St Georges
Hospital in Tooting and I am a member of a patient group that works with the
management of the hospital to improve facilities for cancer patients. I talk to
groups, in the local community, raising awareness of many issues that cancer
patients and their families face.
bring all this work together, I am a BLOGGER!
All my social
networking and fundraising pages are linked to my blog. With my blog, I'm reaching an international audience, helping people deal with some of the
emotional and psychological issues that people face. I have created a community
where people can share experiences. I write in a simple and easy to understand
style. By sharing my own experiences, people are aware that they are not on
I am aware
that times are changing very quickly, and the way that people require their
support is also changing too. So many people are now starting to use Social
Media. A blog is something that can be read at any time, at
a time that is suitable to the reader.
I blog about
4 times a week. Not always about cancer-related
stuff but always thought-provoking!!
free to have a look and let me know what you think. All my contact details are there. www.chris-cancercommunity.blogspot.com Enjoy!!!
Chris thank you very much for sharing your volunteering story with us.
Working alongside you in the team is a pleasure. You always come in with a smile on your face and help us in so many ways.
So a great big thank you to you!
I would encourage anyone to visit http://www.chris-cancercommunity.blogspot.co.uk/ it truly is an inspirational blog.
Leyla Onal, Projects Co-ordinator Macmillan Cancer Support.
Many thanks for your comments. As I have said previously, volunteering with Macmillan is a pleasure. That's why I always have a smile on my face!
I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the staff for the help and support that you have given me. I think that is a true example of teamwork at it's best.
I would also like to thank the new visitors to my blog. I do hope you enjoy it. If you would like to follow it regularly, you can just sign up by email on the home page, and you will automatically get the regular new posts. Maybe you would like to post a comment and let me know what you think of it.
Thanks to all, that's what makes Macmillan what it is. Everyone working in the same direction.
i've just read some of your blog & I have to say you are one amazing man! The word "positive" doesn't come near to describing your outlook on life. Thanks for everything you do even though I may not benefit directly from it. Anyyone who gives their time as freely and as generously as you has to be a real asset to any community, so Macmillan must value you highly. And we all need Macmillan!
Thank you very much! Just pleased to be able to give something back. Experience, is only helpful if you share it. I am working to try and improve things for people that are facing some of the things I have.
I find that my blog is a great way of reaching more people than I could physically, and helping to remove that common feeling of isolation that many cancer patients can feel.I try and write about a serious subject, but in a way that people find interesting.I hope you continue to enjoy it.
I have volunteered with Macmillan for approximately 4 years, and they frequently tell their volunteers how much they value them. In fact this came about for Volunteers Week!
Thank you again, as your comments mean a lot, to all of us, Chris
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