How volunteering works

If you'd like to volunteer at Marie Curie (and we hope you do), there are a few things you should know before you get started. We've put together a step-by-step guide to help take you through the stages of becoming a volunteer.

Search icon1. Search

It’s important to us that our volunteers feel their donated time and skills are used properly. That’s why we only advertise opportunities that are available, so you’ll know that if you volunteer with us you'll have something meaningful to do.


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2. Apply

Once you’ve found a suitable role, just complete our online form, which gives us the information we need. If you’re selected, there are other forms to complete, but we only need the basics at this point.


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3. Selection

Our friendly team from the Marie Curie Volunteer Centre will review your application. If it seems like you may be a good match, the local manager will invite you along for a chat. This is their chance to decide if you’d be right for the role and gives you the opportunity to find out more about it.


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4. References

During your application we'll ask you to give us details of two people who would be happy to give you a reference. These aren’t formal, work references. All that we ask is that they’re not related to you, are over 18 years of age and have known you for at least six months. Potential referees include friends, neighbours and work colleagues. If you are selected we will contact them, usually by phone or email.

For some roles we'll also need to take up additional checks. This could be a criminal records check if you'll be working with patients or your driving licence and insurance if you’ll be using your car while volunteering.


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5. Training

We need to make sure that all of our volunteers have the information and training they need to carry out their roles safely and effectively. You’ll have an induction when you start and we’ll make sure you get any training the role needs, with refreshers when necessary. We'll also review progress with you, usually within the first three months.

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