27 Oct Volunteering: unpaid, but priceless
Although volunteering is unpaid; the help that is received is priceless. While it can also help you make friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and even make you feel happier and healthier.
Why volunteer for us?
With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be limitless.
Volunteering with Bright Red offers vital help to blood cancer patients in need and benefits those directly in our community. However, the benefits can be even greater for you: the volunteer. The right role can help you to make friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even add to your CV.
Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical wellbeing. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose – which is even more important during these strange times.
Volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day either. Helping Bright Red even in the simplest ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness.
Bright Red CEO, Lisa Saxton said: “We cover a vast area of patches within the North of England including: North Northumberland, Cumbria, Newcastle and Gateshead, Durham and Darlington, Sunderland, and Whitby. Everything we do goes into this community.
We aim to help blood cancer patients through care, research and education. For example: there are five haematology specialist nurses who we fund; and we have invested £310,000 into a new Cytometer machine for Newcastle University Research. But we rely on volunteers. Without the kind support of volunteers donating their time we wouldn’t be able to help those in need.”
There are numerous volunteer opportunities available with Bright Red.
The key is to find a role that you would enjoy and have the required traits to do it. Ask yourself:
- Are you creative, fun or, perhaps, even quirky?
- Are you better behind the scenes or do you prefer to take a more visible role?
- How much time are you willing to commit?
- What skills can you bring to a volunteer job?
- Why is Bright Red important to you?
With those questions in mind, take a look at our recent opportunities:
Pop-up Shop Coordinator
We are looking for a Pop-up shop coordinator to sell clothing. However, we don’t want it to be like any other charity shop; we need someone with creative ideas to make our shop stand out. We are also hoping to expand to an e-commerce website.
We have more support than ever and we want to say thank you! This role would be to collate and thank donors. Using Donorfy you would need to collect data, follow the donor’s journey from the initial donation to a general follow up. It’s all about the personal touch and making sure their donation story is appreciated and heard.
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Please get in touch with us if you have an interest in any of the current volunteering opportunities or would like to join our volunteer list.
You can phone us on 0191 269 5467 or email us at [email protected]
Want to learn more visit our volunteer page.