Volunteering for The Olive Tree

You can support the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre by volunteering your time, skills and enthusiasm. We have a wonderful team of dedicated volunteers, but always need more.

Volunteering provides a great opportunity to use your existing skills and develop new ones to benefit others whilst meeting new people and becoming a valued member of a team. The Olive Tree simply couldn’t function without volunteers.  Brief descriptions of some of the opportunities follow below and our volunteering opportunities are also listed on the national volunteering website Do-it.org.


Trustees oversee the management and administration of the Olive Tree to ensure that the charity is well-run and efficient.   The Olive Tree trustees meet once a month to discuss matters such as fundraising, events, the provision of services and the recruitment of volunteers.  In addition, individual trustees may volunteer to take on additional responsibilities such as accounts, admin, PR, event planning or compliance.   Please click here to visit the Charity Commission’s guide to what being a charity trustee involves.

Front Desk/Admin

As the first point of contact for visitors, staff and volunteers, you will need a calm, friendly personality together with administration, reception work or general office experience.

Complementary Therapists

We would love to hear from anyone who is qualified in one or more therapies such as Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Acupuncture and Reiki and who is able to commit some time to volunteering at the Olive Tree. You must be insured to practise and be a member of a professional association.

Emotional Support

We offer both counselling and coaching at the Olive Tree.  All counsellors must be fully qualified and members of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). They need to have completed at least 50 clinical hours post qualification. Supervision is provided for all team members.  In addition to the full team members we do have a limited number of student placements available each year.

Coaches need to be qualified and certificated by a recognised organisation. They also need to be in supervision (not provided in house at the moment) and insured.


We are always keen to welcome new volunteers to our friendly and enthusiastic fundraising team led by Alyson Smith, the Olive Tree Fundraising Manager.  Volunteering as part of our fundraising team is rewarding and enjoyable; you will be able to put your skills and experience to good use and develop new ones.  You can commit as much or as little time as you wish. Please click here for more details of the wide range of opportunities available. 

If you are interested in discussing volunteering opportunities at the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, please contact the centre manager, Marilyn Drury, on 01293 534465.