Our volunteers have been helping to beat blood cancers since the charity was established in 1975. Their support is invaluable because we don’t receive any ongoing government funding and so rely completely on the generosity of individuals, communities and organisations to help us provide patient support and invest in research. The tireless work of our volunteers is vital in helping us support and care for patients and families affected by blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Ways to volunteer
There are lots of ways you can help out. You can also view current opportunities here.
Starting a Friends of the Foundation group
Now’s your chance to start up a group of enthusiastic and passionate volunteers who support each other throughout the year and form a committee responsible for fundraising and hosting events on behalf of the Leukaemia Foundation. You will be ambassadors and advocates for the Leukaemia Foundation, and will have the chance to be creative with your event and fundraising activities.
You may have a connection to the Leukaemia Foundation or to blood cancer; or you may want to make a difference in your community; or you may have experience with fundraising or event organising. This is a hands-on volunteer role perfectly suited to those who want to give back to their local community and see first-hand the contributions you make. All groups are approved and adhere to our policies and procedures and we are always here to answer any queries you may have.
Interested? Email us here.
Driving people to and from treatment
The Leukaemia Foundation’s transport service is a cornerstone of our support program. As a fully trained volunteer driver, you will offer a friendly smile and a helping hand to people undergoing treatment, which helps to ease any anxiety they may be feeling. Please note you must be over 25 years old.
Providing administrative or maintenance support
As an administration volunteer, you can support the daily operation of the Leukaemia Foundation, answering phones, entering data and helping with mail. If you have a green thumb or are handy with a hammer, you could help to maintain our accommodation centres.
Being a ‘Blood Buddy’
If you have had a blood cancer diagnosis, you could be a Blood Buddy to help someone who is newly diagnosed. As a mentor, you could share your personal experience of how life changed for you, what treatment was like, and the strategies you used to get you through with a positive attitude. For more information, or to apply to be a Blood Buddy, contact our Blood Buddy’s coordinator: 1800 007 343, or email: email@example.com.
Sharing technical expertise
The Leukaemia Foundation benefits significantly from the professional expertise of volunteers, including our Board. Our Medical & Scientific Advisory Committee comprises scientists and clinical research haematologists, as does our research grant review committee. Medical and allied health professionals also present at conferences and support our education programs. If you are a researcher, doctor, nurse, complementary therapist, financial advisor, career guidance counsellor, motivational speaker or have another technical skills to contribute, please contact us.
Starting a local support network
Our Support Services team extends across the country, but if you live in an area where there isn’t one, you could help by starting a support network. With our support, you can create a place for local people to meet people with similar experiences.
Helping at events
When it comes to fundraising and support services events, volunteers help with everything! From hairdressers helping to shave heads or being a route marshal for sponsored walks and runs, to providing registration support at disease education seminars and conferences – if you are fit and able, the opportunities to help are endless.
Current volunteering opportunities
Opportunities will be posted here as they become available, or you can contact us to make an enquiry.
If you volunteer with the Leukaemia Foundation you will be making a positive difference to the lives of patients with blood cancer, as well as to our research to find improved treatments and cures. Your time, skills and technical knowledge are highly valued and can be of enormous benefit to your community. Volunteering also means you’ll meet new people, gain experience and have fun!
We value our volunteers
Our volunteers are treated with the same respect as the paid members of our team and are offered positions that best recognise their skills and personal preferences. Volunteers are provided with support and training to perform their chosen tasks. All our volunteers are required to attend an orientation session, featuring an organisational overview and an introduction to volunteering.
Register your interest
If you are interested in volunteering for the Leukaemia Foundation, fill in the below form and one of our Volunteer Coordinators will contact you soon.
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