De Montfort University has used partnerships across the charity sector to offer students volunteering opportunities providing support to people living with cancer, their families and carers in the local community. Working with organisations such as Age UK, Leicestershire hospice LOROS and Macmillan, students have offered emotional and practical support, helping to reduce isolation and increase confidence and self-esteem.
Student volunteers have helped a support group set up by women who met while having chemotherapy; used social media to encourage more young women to have smear tests; helped health professionals refer dozens of patients for bowel cancer tests after raising awareness of the condition; and helped raise money at fundraising events.
In the past five years, more than 140 trained student volunteers have also helped 250 Macmillan cancer patients in their own homes. They provide practical help with errands such as shopping, housework and gardening for people who are unable to because they have cancer or are caring for somebody with cancer.