Sue also has the help of a dedicated team of volunteers who have been impacted too. This strong body of proactive volunteers bring their own diverse experiences and knowledge of the cancer journey to Ray of Light.
They have passion and commitment to the cause.
“Originally I became a volunteer to support Sue with setting up the Ray of Light Warblers, our singing group and choir. I have also lost many loved ones to cancer. There were times I felt lost, lonely and no one to talk or turn too or even sit in silence and just be there. Volunteering enables me to offer support to others who maybe going through similar emotions at what can be a difficult time and that I felt wasn’t there for me.”
They are inducted and trained, following enhanced DBS checks, to be able to give effective emotional and practical support for our beneficiaries. Some are bereaved, some are undertaking the caring role. We currently have 11 volunteers whose lives are enriched by helping others.
There are many volunteer roles, although we are limited due to lockdown restrictions at the moment, we need:
- Telephone / Zoom 1:1 Support
- Marketing & Admin Support
- Workshop Leaders
- BSL Interpreters
- Welsh Speakers
“I decided to help volunteer to give something back to the community. I take part in a few charity events for Cancer, i.e. Race for Life and wanted to offer support and advice for carers who sometimes get forgotten about. I encourage people to join in the choir as well, as this helps make new friends. Singing changes your mood and helps uplift you. It helps with mental awareness and generally gives you that feel good factor. You can lose yourself in a song and have no worries for that moment.”
I’ve become a volunteer to support Sue in the delivery of Ray of light support groups.
It’s also an opportunity to give something back. There was a time where I was in emotional conflict and I remember it’s the support I received from others that got me through. Volunteering for such a worthy cause is me saying thankyou
Hi I’m Lisa
I joined Ray of Light because I want to offer support to people who are caring for a loved one with cancer.
Many of us have experienced the need of a shoulder to cry on, or wanted someone to help us bear the weight on our shoulders, but from personal experience I know that support for carers can be lacking.
Volunteering has given me the opportunity to literally shine a little ray of light into the gloom many of us feel at such a difficult and emotional time.
I am responsible for preparing the arts and crafts at rol. I have a particular interest in projects that involve recycling or up cycling. I have always found this to be beneficial and therapeutic during times of stress.
If you would like to join us, please register your interest here