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"The charity fund raising night that I arranged was spectacular and the prizes donated by friends and local business played a huge part in its success. I would gladly promote its benefits to future braintrusters" 

 

-Matthew Lee, organiser of a Charity Fundraising Ball 

 

 

Volunteering

Giving 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 school

Click 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 area

We 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 tessa@brainstrust.org.uk

Put brainstrust collecting tins in your local shops, pubs, cafes and post offices

Our 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 collection

Supermarkets 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 tessa@brainstrust.org.uk

Cheque collections

As 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 tessa@brainstrust.org.uk

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 money

Fayres, 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 year

Many 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 cause

We 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 tessa@brainstrust.org.uk Go on, make our ears glow.

Organise an awareness day in the shopping centre/health club to hand out leaflets, display posters and collect money

Awareness 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 area

Fundraising 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 tessa@brainstrust.org.uk and we can help you get the conversation started.

Put our leaflets in your library/ health club/ surgery

You 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 tessa@brainstrust.org.uk


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 pete@brainstrust.org.uk


I'd love to get my work place to support brainstrust

Contact your employer and local companies who may want to adopt brainstrust as their charity of the year

Many 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 cause

We 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 tessa@brainstrust.org.uk Go on, make our ears glow.


I want to get friends and family involved

Help run brainstrust shopping events in your area

We 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 tessa@brainstrust.org.uk

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 money

Fayres, 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.

Grants and trusts research

Much of the work we do, including our brain boxes, and the brain tumour hub, is eligble for grant funding. But grant applications take time, can you help us with these? If you think you or a friend or family member can, then why not drop us an email - tessa@brainstrust.org.uk, or call us on 01983 292 405

Run our "come dine with me" campaign

Fundraise and raise awareness with Food! We've a campaign that's great fun and can help you to help us spread the word about our work to even more people. Simply call us on 01983 292 405 or click here to email, and we'll show you how to turn this idea (shamelessy stolen from TV) into a fab foody fundraising fiesta.

Contact your employer and local companies who may want to adopt brainstrust as their charity of the year

Many 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 cause

We 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 tessa@brainstrust.org.uk Go on, make our ears glow.

Organise an awareness day in the shopping centre/health club to hand out leaflets, display posters and collect money

Awareness 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 area

Fundraising 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 tessa@brainstrust.org.uk and we can help you get the conversation started.

Put our leaflets in your library/ health club/ surgery

You 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 tessa@brainstrust.org.uk

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