Become a Daffodil Centre Volunteer
Being able to be there for someone when they need it most has been so fulfilling
I love being part of the Daffodil Centres, I find it such a meaningful way to help as you can really see the impact on people every day
About the Daffodil Centre Service
Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Centres provide cancer information, support and advice to anyone affected by or concerned about cancer. In our Daffodil Centres, our cancer nurses and trained volunteers are on hand to answer your questions. Daffodil Centres are based in hospitals around Ireland, and you can find a confidential listening ear and information on everything from local support groups to help for the travel or financial problems cancer can create. In addition to providing free practical information and support, patient education programmes are available in some Daffodil Centres.
What’s involved in volunteering at a Daffodil Centre?
Daffodil Centre Volunteers are essential to the running of the service. The role involves:
- Welcoming visitors to the centre
- Talking to enquirers, listening and identifying their needs and signposting to appropriate sources of information and support
- For medical or complex queries arranging for the enquirer to talk to the Cancer Information Nurse
- Helping to promote the centre by distributing leaflets and posters at designated display points within the hospital
- Participating in ‘Cancer Awareness & Early Detection’ campaigns and relaying any key cancer prevention messages as outlined by the Irish Cancer Society
- On occasions accompanying enquirers to cancer related areas/services within the hospital
- Helping to ensure the centre is tidy and well maintained
- Volunteers are also asked to carry out some minimal administrative tasks
What are the requirements to be a Daffodil Centre Volunteer?
- Professional but welcoming manner
- Good listening and communication skills
- A caring, understanding and friendly attitude
- A team player who is flexible and trustworthy
- Ability to work on your own and show initiative
- Administrative and organisational skills
- To be non-judgemental and respect confidentiality
- We ask volunteers to commit a minimum of 4 hours per week but we can be flexible on this. The Daffodil Centre opening times vary depending on the location but all centres open on weekdays only generally between 8:30am to 16:30pm (depending on location).
We are currently looking for Daffodil Centre volunteers across all of our 13 locations nationwide.
A full role description can be downloaded below
Next Steps and Apply now
Application process takes approx. 4-6 weeks and consists of the following steps:
- Complete an online application form below
- Telephone interview with a member of the volunteer team: A short informal chat to assess your suitability for the role and give you the opportunity to ask us any questions.
- Online Training: An invitation to a self-guided online training module will be emailed to you. This will include information about the service, your role and guidelines to be followed. A second online module related to safeguarding must also be completed online and a number of volunteer documents must be agreed to at this stage. Completion of this module is required to continue to the next round.
- A Garda vetting invite form will be sent and must be completed by closing date. This needs to be accompanied by copies of two forms of identification (one photographic, one proof of address). This is a compulsory requirement for the Garda vetting application.
- Volunteer references checked. We ask for 2 references on the application form who we can contact at this point of the process.
- We then provide a mandatory information session on cancer and communication to best equip you for your new role. This is done online via group video call.
- When the above steps, and garda vetting is complete, you will be ready to go and will be invited to your new Daffodil Centre for your first day where you will meet your cancer nurse, other new volunteers and discuss the role in more detail with some on the job training and plenty of opportunities for questions.
- You are now a member of the Daffodil Centre Volunteer Team!