Tenovus Cancer Care, Wales’ leading cancer charity, is urging people to “make the difference”, boost their own skills and help others by signing up to be a volunteer.
Marcia Barry’s family was supported by Tenovus Cancer Care after her mother-in-law was diagnosed with terminal cancer. As a way of thanking the charity for its help during a very stressful time, Marcia began volunteering at her local Tenovus Cancer Care shop.
Since she began volunteering in 2013, Marcia has not only given something back to her local community, but she has gained valuable new skills – leading to a new job as the shop’s Assistant Shop Manager.
“Having been a carer for many years, I felt that I had lost my own identity. Volunteering gave me back that confidence and self-esteem, and I also gained new friends along the way. Volunteering is so rewarding and is definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made.
“If anyone is thinking of volunteering, I would say don’t hesitate. It will help greatly with your CV when applying for paid work as you’re using your free time proactively and employers will see this as really positive. You’ll learn lots of new skills which you can put on your CV, making your application stand out.”
Katie Taylor, Volunteer Development Manager at Tenovus Cancer Care, said:
“The theme of Volunteers’ Week this year is “make a difference”, so we’re encouraging the people of Wales to make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others by becoming a volunteer with Tenovus Cancer Care. Not only will you make a real difference to the lives of cancer patients and their loved ones, but you’ll give yourself a huge boost.
“We have lots of different volunteering roles to suit everyone, and you can give as much or as little time as you like. We know you’ll love it!”
To find out more about volunteering with Tenovus Cancer Care, visit www.tenovuscancercare.org.uk/volunteer or call 029 2076 8850.
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