14th March 2014, 8:56am
Cancer volunteering launch in Lincoln
Cancer volunteering launch in Lincoln Volunteers at the University of Lincoln have signed up to help people affected by cancer.

Volunteering opportunities were unveiled to students and staff as part of a new collaboration between the University, the Students’ Union and Macmillan Cancer Support.

These include the chance for students and staff to volunteer at Macmillan cancer information outreach events in Lincolnshire, at local visits of Macmillan’s mobile cancer information service, at fundraising events and Macmillan volunteer-led projects aimed at providing practical help for people living with cancer.

These activities were highlighted at a volunteer launch event, held at the University’s Brayford Pool campus on Monday (10th March 2014). Around 30 students and staff signed up to become Macmillan volunteers on the day.

Kathy Blythe, Macmillan Development Manager in Lincolnshire, said: “I am really excited about the opportunities we are creating for students at the University of Lincoln, which will enable us to support more people affected by cancer in Lincolnshire, and support the students in future employability and life skills as well.”

Jane Kilby, University of Lincoln Students’ Union Volunteering Coordinator, said: “This collaboration is really exciting as we are able to offer a wide range of new volunteering activities for our students and staff to be involved in.  No matter how much time a volunteer has, or whatever their reason for volunteering, there is something for everyone. There are great opportunities for personal development, but also to really make a difference to those whose lives have been affected by cancer.”

The partnership, which was formally agreed in November 2013, focuses on cancer survivorship - an issue which has become a priority for Macmillan. There is a growing recognition that cancer survivors still face many challenges once in remission and that expert knowledge and skills in this area of cancer care are lacking.

Under the agreement, the University of Lincoln’s Centre for Professional Development will develop brand new accredited education and training courses for healthcare professionals. There will also be research collaborations involving both organisations, exploring issues such as the social care needs of cancer survivors and the links between cancer and public health inequalities.

Plans are in place for undergraduate and postgraduate students to have access to placements within Macmillan services, and Macmillan professionals will deliver guest lectures on relevant subjects across the University, such as Pharmacy, Nursing and Social Work.

The collaboration is only the second of its kind between Macmillan, the UK’s largest cancer care and support charity, and a university.
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