You can volunteer by contacting Charlie’s by phone, through our website Contact Form, or by commenting on facebook.
All the good friends that run Charlie’s are volunteers.
The director Jo offers support and guidance to our teams
The Therapy Team
Jo has had cancer herself, and founded Charlie’s to give others support during and after cancer. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and trained in reflexology and Indian Head Massage as well as a Reiki master, and nutrition advisor.
The therapy team seeks volunteers to offer complementary therapies and therapeutic activity groups, almost always at Charlie’s Therapy Centre.
Occasionally there is a need for therapists to spend time with palliative care patients in their own homes.
Volunteers will undergo DBS clearance and a minimum of two training meetings. References may be required.
The Centre Team
The Centre team needs volunteers for meeting and greeting members and guests, preparing and serving refreshments, making cakes and salads, keeping the centre tidy, organised and in good repair, for office jobs such as sending out letters or printing flyers, and many other tasks.
We are seeking leaders to organise single events such as The Carers’ Lunch or regular events such as team meetings.
We also need volunteers to help with the Charlie’s membership communication, from befriending an individual to creating and circulating regular Newsletters.
Charlie’s runs groups that need leaders and organisers – Charlie’s Children, Charlie’s carers, and more. Could you take a lead or supporting role ? What about The Men’s Shed Project ? If that interests you contact us and ask for Brenda and family.
For roles that involve working with people, volunteers will take part in DBS clearance and at least one induction day.
The Evening Shift !
As well as our daytime open times (10 – 2 Tues Weds Thurs ) we have occasional evening meetings and events. Contact us and ask for organiser Heidi if you think this is for you
The Forest Team
Did you know Charlie’s also runs a drop in centre in the Forest of Dean ?
New members and helpers are always very very welcome, on the last Friday of every month, at The Belfry, Littledean. Look out for Maddy Jade and Mandy who will be delighted to see you !
The Premises Team
We have embarked upon ambitious plans to extend our provision at Unit 2 – soon we will be able to offer health and wellbeing activities, a greater range of therapies in our future Wellbeing Suite, an extended artroom, and our own shop.
The premises team always need help to maintain and develop the building. Currently in our original rooms we need help repainting our logo and colours on the 30ft high frontage (it accidentally got painted over by one of our trustees ! Yes Really !!) keeping the gutters cleared, putting up signs in the Bristol Road area; also installing an electronically linked smoke detector system, fire extinguisher brackets, and an intercom system.
In our new build area we need many volunteers and skills to bring the bare bones into beautiful working therapy areas- builders plasterers electricians plumbers painters – all trades !
There are always more tasks to do!
The Fundraising Team
Charlie’s Needs Your Help
There are always posters and flyers to go out, publicity events to attend, schools businesses and shops to persuade on board.
We are also seeking a patron for Charlie’s, grants and donations from local businesses and organisations.
We also urgently need a volunteer to hold responsibility for routinely communicating information to the local press and radio agencies such as “What’s On”; and another to mastermind selling online through local sites.
Anything Helps !
Volunteers should be able to offer a regular and reliable commitment to our work at Unit 2 Madleaze Road, and/or to our fundraising in the community.
However small your contribution is, if it is reliable and helpful, it will make a difference to someone.
The team members at Charlie’s are all volunteers. As well as enjoying our work we have all made many lovely new friends who support each other, through friendship, messages, and staff evenings together.
Charlie’s Community Cancer Support Therapy Centre is a great place to be – come and find us and join our vibrant and busy team.