The 100-strong team of volunteers from the Macmillan Horizon Centre in Brighton have received a regional volunteer award from Macmillan Cancer Support this month, which recognises their dedication and commitment to support people affected by cancer in Sussex.
The Horizon Centre Volunteers won the Service Team of the Year Award in the South East. The criteria for winning the award is:
- provides support to Macmillan’s work in a particular area
- works together to support and understand the needs and views of people affected by cancer, highlighting the importance of teamwork
- offers tailored support and is there for people at their time of need
- shows commitment and determination, above and beyond the role, to improve the lives of people affected by cancer
- The volunteers provide a range of services such as information and support; complementary therapies; counselling; work in the café; head and neck buddies; and physical activities.
As a thank you to the volunteers they’ve all been invited on a ‘flight’ on the i360 on 4 June, which is the start of Volunteers Week. British Airways have kindly donated the free places to the volunteers. This will be followed by a fish and chip lunch at the Regency Café opposite.
One of the volunteers, Lyn Foster said: “I volunteer for Macmillan because I wanted to say thank you for all the help the wonderful Macmillan nurses gave me when I had breast cancer. I find volunteering very rewarding and satisfying and always enjoy my shift in the cafe. I have met some amazing people and made new friends amongst the wonderful volunteers.
To win an award is fantastic and so unexpected, and I’m sure my fellow volunteers are as thrilled as I am to receive it.”
Geoff Brown, the Centre Manager, nominated the group. He said: “They are a fantastic team of information, counselling, complementary therapy, café, peer support and body image volunteers. We are extremely grateful for the time they give to provide much needed support to people affected by cancer.”
In the first 12 months of the centre being open, the volunteers donated over 10,000 hours and enabled the centre to provide over 22,000 supported contacts. These include:
- 3,196 contacts providing information
- 2,200 counselling appointments
- 2,900 peer-to-peer support conversations
- 765 complementary therapy appointments
- 776 physical activity appointments
- 136 body Image appointments
- 907 welfare benefits appointments and enquiries
- 11,024 visitors to the café
- 61 cookery skills session participants
- 201 social activity participants
The volunteers are crucial to make sure no-one face cancer alone. As the centre grows and becomes established more volunteers are needed. If you would like to volunteer at the centre, please visit the website for more details of current vacancies: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/coping/getting-support/local-information-centres/horizon-centre.html