VolunteeringGiving your time, skills or support to brainstrust is a simple, fun but very important way that you can get involved and bring your talents or products to work for good.
I want to get my local community involved
Nominate brainstrust as 'charity of the year' at your local schoolClick here to email us - we'll be able to show you a sample letter, and help you work out who best to speak to.
Help run brainstrust shopping events in your areaWe have some lovely things that people like to buy to support our work. You'll also find that shops in your area might be keen to run shopping evenings for brainstrust. We can help you or friends and family to approach local shops, or arrange for brainstrust stock to be sent to you for your upcoming sale. To set the ball rolling, call us on 01983 292 405, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Put brainstrust collecting tins in your local shops, pubs, cafes and post officesOur collecting tins are fab. They're like little volunteers in themselves, sitting there quietly waiting for donations. They just need a hand getting to the right place. To arrange for some tins to be sent to you, simply click here and drop us an email.
Contact supermarkets to ask permission to organise a collectionSupermarkets are a great place to spend money, and also to raise it. We can help you contact your local supermarket to find out about awareness and fundraising opportunities. To set the ball rolling, call us on 01983 292 405, or email email@example.com
Cheque collectionsAs much as we'd like to be, we can't be in all places at once. So we need your help with cheque collections. Here you are our special brainstrust representative that collects cheques on our behalf at local events, often in front of the cameras. To find out more call 01983 292 405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Set up a stall at your village, school or church fete/Christmas fayre/Christmas markets to sell our merchandise, hand out leaflets, display posters and collect moneyFayres, fetes and markets are a great place for you to get our name and what we do out and about. If you've the opportunity to set up a brainstrust stall near you, then we'd love to hear more. Call us now on 01983 292 405 or click here to email us.
Contact your employer and local companies who may want to adopt brainstrust as their charity of the yearMany companies have a policy whereby the donate time or money to a worthy cause. If you think our work cuts the mustard, then have a chat with your employer about how you nominate a charity. We're happy to come along and talk about our work too if your company requires a meeting. Let us know how you get on by calling 01983 292 405 or by emailing us.
Excite others about our causeWe love it when people talk about us. Got a packed social diary? Work in a busy office? Then why not tell some of your friends and colleagues about our work. Would you like us to send you some leaflets to get the conversation going? No problem. Call us on 01983 292405, or email email@example.com Go on, make our ears glow.
Organise an awareness day in the shopping centre/health club to hand out leaflets, display posters and collect moneyAwareness days have really helped spread the word about our work over the past couple of years. Can you help us to get our name and what we do out and about? You and a group of friends can easily organise an awareness day in your local shopping centre, or gym to collect money and hand out leaflets. You'll often meet more patients and carers and brainstrust supporters along the way too. For more information call us now on 01983 292 405 or click here to email us.
Talks to some of the fab fundraising groups in your areaFundraising organisations like the Lions, WI and Rotary groups are responsible for much of our growth over recent years. These lovely people have held some super awareness and fundraising events for brainstrust, and if asked are often prepared to do more. Do you have a group in your area? Is a friend or family member part of one of these super organisations? Call us on 01983 292 405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you get the conversation started.
Put our leaflets in your library/ health club/ surgeryYou know that empty space on the reception desk at work? Or on next to the till at the gym? Oh, and that space on the notice board at your local surgery? Well they've been left there for our little leaflets. Having leaflets in visible places is a great way for people to find out about our brain tumour support work. Our leaflets need a hand getting to their new homes, and this is where you can help. To request some leaflets, simply call us on 01983 292 405 or email email@example.com
I want to help brainstrust patients and carers directly
By using volunteers in our day to day support work we can reach more patients and carers, and help them feel less lonely, better resourced and in control of their situation more quickly. Here are just some of the ways in which you can get involved.
Getting our resources out there
You’ll be visiting your local hospitals, GP surgeries, health centres, support centres and other good homes for our leaflets, booklets and other information resources. Stocks can run out quickly, so you’ll need to top them up regularly, as well as supply new resources as they are printed.
Be a buddy
Help a patient or carer in a similar position to you as they face up to the challenge of a brain tumour diagnosis. You’ll be using your personal experience to provide an ongoing source of help and support for someone in need as they navigate their brain tumour journey. You might be helping someone to prepare for their appointments, pointing them in the direction of useful resources, helping them to weigh up different treatment options, or simply being there to listen over a cup of tea when it’s most needed. Support may be given by telephone, email or social media as well as in the “real world” environment.
Share your professional expertise
Maybe you’re a trained coach or counsellor? Perhaps you’re a practising hypnotherapist or you’re experienced in some other complimentary therapy. You could be putting your services to great use by helping brain tumour patients and carers gain more control or cope better with their situation.
Help bring our community together
You’ll be helping create more opportunities for the brain tumour community to get together in your area. You might be researching and booking venues for a meet up, organising your own socials or activity, or maybe helping to arrange a day out for children and families affected. And with specific events for carers and our volunteers planned, there are plenty of opportunities for you to put your organisational skills to great use.
Be our special representative
Although we can’t be everywhere at once, we like to be where we’re most needed. In this role you’ll be representing the charity at conferences, meetings or awareness events. You might be chatting to health professionals about our work, giving a talk to a patient support group or running an information stand introducing visitors to our fantastic resources.
Join our production team
We’re constantly developing new and innovative resources to help people affected by a brain tumour, and we’re always on the lookout for people who’ve walked this journey to review our publications to make sure they’re as useful as possible to the brain tumour community. Or you might use your research skills to help us pull together information on the best sources of support for patients and carers in your local area.
Get involved with research
We know how important this is for improving outcomes for our patients and carers, and how important it is that researchers engage with our community. In this role, you’ll be making sure that the patient and carer voice is heard in the design and delivery of research trials.
Prefer to be behind the scenes?
As you’d expect in a busy organisation like ours, none of this would be possible without good support behind the scenes, and we’ve plenty of opportunities here too. If you’re good with a computer and like digging for information, you might enjoy doing some research for grants and trusts, uploading content to our websites or even stuffing the odd envelope!
If you’re interested in volunteering in any of the above areas please get in touch to find out more. Don’t worry, we won’t throw you in at the deep end! - we’ll make sure you’re equipped with everything you need and well supported to really get the best out of your volunteering experience.
We are particularly looking for volunteers to help patients and carers in the North of England. If you’d like to get involved call us on 01983 213577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org