What's volunteering like?

Fancy hosting an information stand? Taking part in a focus group? Or joining our bucket shaking team? Here's the place to find out what it's like to be a Prostate Cancer UK volunteer.

Got questions about volunteering? Then check out our volunteer FAQ page.

This month's focus: Charity Representatives

Volunteering with us can take many forms. Numbering almost 2,000 across the UK, our volunteers really are the first faces of Prostate Cancer UK. Our volunteers represent us at special events, corporate fundraising bids and donation ceremonies as well as by holding talks about us and our services.

David Kurk tells us what it's like to represent Prostate Cancer UK.

David Kurk Crop

"Being a Prostate Cancer UK ambassador is a privilege.

"In my professional life I am a conference moderator, so I get many opportunities to talk about Prostate Cancer UK and I take them! I also host many sporting events and whenever I interview famous' sportspeople I get them to pose with the Men United scarf. I’ve also been interviewed by various media about relevant topics and spoken at numerous events organised by Prostate Cancer UK. In November-December, I’ll have spoken at eight different events.

"Over the festive season, I'll be giving a talk at this year’s carol concert. Christmas is a special time and important to the charity as it’s a time to celebrate hope, progress and remember loved ones. I hope to share my personal story – how I’m one of the disease’s survivors, but that there are lots of men who are not so fortunate. Eighteen months ago my world fell apart when I was diagnosed. I now see how lucky I was to discover that I had prostate cancer and could have it treated. Moreover, I can now bring a positive story to a difficult subject to help others. Three close friends who’ve had checks because of my talks were diagnosed positive, but thankfully all at an early treatable stage and that’s the ultimate reason for doing this kind of work."

Thank you to all volunteers that represent us on a daily basis across the UK- we couldn’t do what we do without you. If you'd like to volunteer, find out what we have available.

 

Hosting a stand

Alister Walker At Dundee College3
Bob gives his tips on hosting an information stand, including setting up, appropriate places and handing out information. Find out more

Talking to the media

Westminster

John shares his experience in dealing with the media, and the importance of preparation before you speak to a reporter. Find out more

How you can make a difference

Jean Herd
Jean explains how one small act from a volunteer can make a huge difference. Find out more

Being a patient representative

Focus groups

Kenneth details the value of being a patient representative, taking part in focus groups and what you can learn from meeting others and sharing your views. Find out more