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Why volunteer?

We wouldn’t be able to help the people of Yorkshire avoid and survive cancer without the efforts of hundreds of volunteers across the region. 

  • A worthwhile cause – you'll be helping to fund research that saves lives.
  • It's flexible - volunteer at times that suit you.
  • Play an active role in your local community and be part of a supportive and friendly team.
  • It’s fun! We’re confident you’ll gain real satisfaction from doing something valuable with your free time.
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What's in it for you?

In addition to positively contributing to your community and sense of wellbeing, volunteering with us has benefits for you too:

  • Develop skills such as teamwork, communication, till-operating and window dressing.
  • Receive full training and gain valuable experience which can enhance your CV.
  • Receive a reference for further education or job applications.
  • Gain recognition for your valuable efforts 
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Yorkshire Cancer Research colleagues inside new Yeadon shop

Who are we looking for?

Our volunteers come from all over Yorkshire and all different backgrounds. From those looking to expand their work experience, corporate volunteers, students, retired workers and to those with lived experience of cancer.

We welcome anyone with a desire to make a difference in Yorkshire and we will provide all the training and support you need to make that happen.

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Volunteers take pictures of donations in order to list online

I’ve lost lots of people to cancer, and I’ve lived in Yorkshire a long while. My husband, my son and my daughter-in-law all work in the medical field, so they’ve all seen cancer up close. Anything that will help research and save lives, and any research that will encourage people to reduce their risk of cancer, is worth supporting."

Volunteer Retail Assistant
Shop Volunteer in the Yorkshire Cancer Research Knaresborough shop

Current opportunities

Our shops are an important source of income for the charity as we find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Our network of shops is growing and volunteers like you fund pioneering research through retail activities. We also have a Donation Centre in Harrogate where you could be sorting donations, and helping sell goods online.

Whether it’s working front of house welcoming and serving customers, maintaining and updating our online shop, or organising and transporting stock behind the scenes, there are plenty of ways you can get involved.

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Shop Volunteer in the Yorkshire Cancer Research Harrogate Shop

Already a volunteer?

Already a Yorkshire Cancer Research volunteer? 

Sign in to Assemble, the website dedicated to you and your volunteering.

You can also find out more about Assemble and read through some FAQs here.

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Volunteer in the Yorkshire Cancer Research Charity Donation Centre

Frequently asked questions

Find out more about volunteering for Yorkshire Cancer Research by reading the frequently asked questions.

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Shop Volunteer in the Yorkshire Cancer Research Knaresborough shop