Volunteers are the heart of Breast Cancer Care. They’re vital to our services and fundraising – from helping out at events to delivering support to people with breast cancer.

Without volunteers we couldn’t help the thousands of people affected by breast cancer who rely on us for information and support.

What is One-to-One Support?

Whether dealing with the shock or a diagnosis or moving forward after treatment people with breast cancer can find talking to someone who’s been there a great source of support.

We have more than 200 One-to-One Support volunteers who listen share experiences and offer support tips and encouragement whatever the topic.

The service is mostly delivered over the phone but we also offer One-to-One Support by email.

Karen who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32 became a One-to-One Support volunteer after reading about the service in a magazine. ‘It’s very rewarding to know that my experience has been able to help and reassure the many women I’ve supported’ she told us.

As a younger woman Karen felt very isolated when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Find out how Karen is helping younger women with breast cancer feel less isolated through One-to-One Support.

How can I get involved?

To become a One-to-One Support volunteer you need to have had a diagnosis of primary breast cancer have been diagnosed as a gene carrier or have a partner who has had a diagnosis of breast cancer. Diagnoses need to have been at least 18 months ago.

You can find out more about becoming a One-to-One Support volunteer and email our team on UKpeersupportteam@breastcancercare.org.uk if you're interested in volunteering for this important role.

Other volunteering opportunities

As well as One-to-One Support we have lots of opportunities for volunteers whether you have a couple of hours to spare or would like to give your time more regularly.

Men and women young and old our volunteers are a diverse bunch with a wide range of experiences. And there are lots of roles for which you don't need to have had personal experience of breast cancer.

Volunteering is good for you

People volunteer for many reasons from wanting to give something back to an organisation that helped them or their family to making a difference to the lives of others.

If you’re still unsure whether volunteering is for you there’s evidence that volunteering could be good for your health!

Volunteering England commissioned a study into the health benefits of volunteering. It found that volunteering could have a positive impact on volunteers’ health from improving their quality of life to helping them cope better with their own health problems.

To find out more about this study and the benefits of volunteering visit the Volunteering England website.