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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
Types of volunteering
There are several ways you can volunteer for the Leukaemia Foundation:
Provide a safe, reliable and flexible transport service to haematology patients so they can attend their medical appointments or go on special outings.
Event volunteers are crucial to our volunteer program. You can help with our fundraising activities, playing your part in coordinating huge community events that would not be possible without your support.
Ongoing volunteers make a regular commitment to the Leukaemia Foundation. You’ll typically help support our staff in their day-to-day activities.
Project volunteers are normally skilled professionals who want to help us in their field of expertise. You will deliver set pieces of work to improve or develop the way we work, or help coordinate specific initiatives that we can’t normally undertake.
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.