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Volunteering For Cancer Charities In Manchester

Volunteering For Cancer Charities In Manchester

Why Volunteer For A Cancer Charity In Manchester?

With over 350,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed every year in the UK, there are thousands of people in Manchester receiving the kind of news that can turn their world upside down. Finding out you have cancer is an incredibly difficult time, but there's support out there if you need it.

There are some wonderful cancer charities in Manchester, ranging from big to small. Whichever one you want to help, volunteering is a fantastic way to spend your time. You can make a huge difference in people's lives, and you may find that you get a lot from the experience as well.

If you're interested in volunteering, Manchester has many cancer charities that are deserving of your time. 

Cancer Charities In Manchester That Need Your Support


The first Maggie's Centre opened in 1996, realising the vision of Maggie Keswick Jencks who passed away from breast cancer the year before. She was determined to hold onto the joy of life in the face of death, and her philosophy has inspired the emotional and psychological support the charity provides in a relaxed, domestic atmosphere.

People's Postcode Lottery players have raised more than £17 Million for Maggie's. You can also support the charity by helping out at the Maggie's Manchester Centre, or volunteering at an event instead.

Breast Cancer Now

More than 1,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every week in the UK. When someone has their worst fears confirmed, Breast Cancer Now is there for them. 

As a nationwide charity that helps people right across Britain, Breast Cancer Now runs support groups and puts on events in a huge number of places. You could help by volunteering at a meeting in Manchester or training as a support worker to help people on the phone or via online chat. Our players have raised over £4 Million for this great charity.

Shine Cancer Support

This charity was set up in 2008 to provide support to younger adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who've received a cancer diagnosis. There's never a good time to be told you have cancer, but in these phases of life, people are sometimes independent but still changing and developing as a person. Younger adults experiencing cancer face their own unique challenges which aren't always well supported elsewhere.

Shine Cancer Support runs local events that help people in the same situation connect with each other, while providing them with information and support. There's a Manchester group you can get involved with, whether you're making tea or leading sessions.

Can-Survive UK

Can-Survive UK provides culturally appropriate support to people living with cancer and their family and friends. Their mission is to enable, empower and educate people affected by cancer, including families and carers.

The Manchester-based charity runs support groups specifically for men and women, as well as mixed sessions in Old Trafford and Cheetham Hill. A relatively small organisation, your time spent helping at a support group or volunteering in another way will go a long way.

Rainbow Trust

With its North West team based in Greater Manchester, Rainbow Trust supports children aged up to 18 and their families. No matter the prognosis, a cancer diagnosis always shakes families to the core, making the support network provided by charities like this invaluable.

Rainbow Trust tailors its practical and emotional support to each family, allowing them to get the help they need. Your time could be invaluable to a Manchester charity like this, whether you're helping at the office in Oldham, attending hospital appointments with a patient, or helping siblings who are having to cope with their brother or sister being seriously ill.

How Can You Help?

If you want to help support deserving projects, as well as volunteering your time, you could sign up to play People's Postcode Lottery too. 32% from the ticket price goes to a range of good causes. You can see more of the wonderful charities our players have helped in our Local Causes directory.

Last updated: 05/03/2021

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