Marie Curie



About Us

Marie Curie is a charity which offers expert care, guidance and support to help those living with terminal illness and their families get the most out of the time they have left.

About your role

Helper Service Volunteer - The Helper Service is a programme which provides support to someone in their own home. As a volunteer you would be there to do things like:

  • Have a chat with the service user over a cup of tea

  • Help them run small errands such as posting a letter

  • Help with minor practical tasks

  • Go on visits to a local park, or for coffee and cake

The roles differ slightly from person to person, but you would never be expected to get involved in any nursing or personal care, as that is left up to the professionals! Your role is to provide companionship and a listening ear, and offer the service user’s carer a bit of a break.


This role can be done Monday - Sunday, morning, afternoon and evening, so is ideal for people with hectic uni timetables.

Marie Curie would like you to volunteer for up to 3 hours a week, making this a great opportunity to make a difference to someone’s life in a small amount of time.

How to find us

This role is based in and around the Nottingham area - you will be matched with someone whose house isn’t too tricky for you to get to, especially if you don’t have access to a car.

Application process

  • Click on ‘Register Your Interest’ below.

  • Mary from the Students’ Union Volunteer Centre will be in touch with details of where to find the application form, and who to chat to at the charity if you have any further questions.

  • You’ll be invited in for an informal chat, so the staff members at the charity can get to know you, your availability, and explain exactly how it will all work.

  • You’ll need a reference (this could be a tutor, boss from a part-time job, someone you’ve volunteered for before), and also a DBS check, but don’t worry - the charity will absorb the cost of this for you! 

Other information


  • You won’t just be thrown in at the deep end - you will get full training which will cover everything from who the charity are and what they do, right through to confidentiality, safeguarding, communication and health and safety.
  • A staff member will accompany you on your first visit.
  • You’ll have regular catch up meetings to check how you’re doing, and the staff team are always at the end of the phone if you need any additional support.

What’s in it for you?

  • This role provides great experience in working in a healthcare setting, without having to be a trained healthcare professional.

  • Volunteering with Marie Curie will vastly improve your communication skills, giving you the opportunity to interact with someone you might not usually come into contact with.

  • Marie Curie will reimburse public transport or petrol costs, and reasonable out of pocket expenses on a monthly basis.


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