There are so many rewarding ways to join Men United as a volunteer that you’re bound to have a few questions. So we’ve put together a few answers. Check them out below, and if you’re still none the wiser, please get in touch by emailing volunteer@prostatecanceruk.org or phoning 020 3310 7211.

Who can volunteer and how do I get involved?

Do I need to have a personal connection to prostate cancer to volunteer?

No, we have loads of volunteer opportunities available and only some require a personal connection to prostate cancer. As long as you’re enthusiastic about the work we do and improving the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, we’ll find a role for you.

Are there certain skills I need to be a Prostate Cancer UK volunteer?

No, whatever skills or experience you have we will find a role that suits you. If there are any specific skills needed we will provide training and support to ensure you feel well equipped.

What can I get involved in?

There is a range of ways you can help. Volunteers raise awareness, take part in our campaign work, help out at events, review our leaflets or help out in the office. Check our volunteering opportunities page to see how you could do something great to help beat prostate cancer.

What will I get out of volunteering with Prostate Cancer UK?

As a volunteer with us you’ll be helping thousands of men across the UK who are facing prostate cancer. You’ll help build awareness of the disease, help make sure men are supported during diagnosis and treatment, and that they receive the best quality care.

Along the way you’ll meet like-minded people and learn new skills, like public speaking, teamwork, administration and many others.

How do I sign up?

Click the ‘get involved’ button on any of the opportunities you’re interested in, or email volunteer@prostatecanceruk.org. We’ll get in touch to tell you more about the role and how to get you started.

Training and support

Will I get any training?

Yes, we ensure all of our volunteers are trained, informed and supported. Depending on the role, this could consist of anything from a briefing over the telephone to a two day instructor led training course.

What support will I get as a volunteer?

You will be assigned a Volunteer Support Officer that will be able to offer advice and support throughout your time as volunteer with us. Volunteer Support Officers are assigned by region and they will be in touch with you to introduce themselves once you sign up.

Expenses, benefits and restrictions

Will I get my expenses paid?

Yes, we reimburse all reasonable expenses for both attending training days and the actual volunteering itself.  When you register as a volunteer you will be given a copy of our volunteer expense policy which will guide you on how you can claim expenses and what for.

Are there any age restrictions?  

You need to be at least 16 to volunteer with us. We are able to have volunteers aged 12-15 if they are supervised by a parent or guardian

Will volunteering affect my jobseekers' allowance or benefits?

No, because you are not being paid for your time, this will not affect your benefits.  However you should always check with your local council first if you are unsure.

Giving your time

How much time do I need to give?

We only want you to give up as much time as you feel able to do.  The amount of time for each role can vary- for example reviewing one of our publications is a one off commitment of a couple of hours, whereas as a speaker volunteer might commit to doing  2 or 3 talks each month.

Generally the roles are very flexible and can fit around your schedule. In addition, you will always be advised  exactly how much time is expected from you when you apply for a role.  

What roles are available for students?

Most of our roles are flexible and can work around your schedule.  The most common roles for students are events, fundraising and helping out in our offices to gain work experience.

I’m not sure I can commit to volunteering right now? How else can I support Prostate Cancer UK?

If you aren’t quite sure please feel free to sign up to our mailing list anyway so when you are able to commit or see a role which suits you will be well informed on how to apply.

In the meantime, why not check out our Men United campaign or check out other ways to get involved.

Who is my volunteer support officer?

To work out who your VSO is, find your postcode area in the map below.

Map of VSO areas

You can contact your VSOs via email on:

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

If you have more questions please email volunteer@prostatecanceruk.org or phone 020 3310 7294. You will then be put in touch with your local volunteer support officer.