August 2015

Dear Volunteer,

Volunteer Voice is now exclusively a digital newsletter supported by our presence on the Cancer Council NSW website, and soon, on our blog.

I’m sure you will agree that the opportunity to have your say and share it with the wider Cancer Council NSW community is an exciting development, and we encourage you to comment on stories appearing in the blog and on the website

We will let you know when the blog is up and running and look forward to our conversations to come, and the stories you have to share.


Update from CEO Jim L’Estrange

Jimwithears.135005In April we invited all of our regular volunteers to participate in the Your Voice – 2015 Volunteer Engagement Survey and we had a very strong response rate, up strongly on the previous year.

I thank everyone who participated for your thoughts and feedback and I am pleased to share the results with you.

The results were really encouraging with an overall score of 88% for engagement. This is great and shows that volunteers enjoy working at Cancer Council NSW and have a strong commitment to our vision.

There are many areas where we have taken your feedback from last year’s survey and put initiatives in place, and the results have improved – areas such as ensuring volunteers have a clearer understanding of Cancer Council’s organisational goals, which was rated at 94% in this year’s survey.

Of course there are still areas for improvement. We take on board your feedback and we will spend time over the next few months with volunteers and the Volunteer Leadership Group to review all results and comments and prioritise areas of concern. Most importantly, we will put in place actions to ensure we continue to make improvement.

Again thank you. Your feedback is appreciated and will make a difference to the way we work together to achieve our vision that together we will beat cancer.


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We’re excited to let you know that the first volunteer eLearning course, Volunteer Expectations, has now launched!

This course has been developed based on the feedback we received from the 2014 and 2015 volunteer engagement surveys about increasing the training available to volunteers, flexibility around the way it’s delivered, and to ensure the content is relevant to you

This essential course for existing and new volunteers covers the latest information about Cancer Council NSW’s code of conduct, WHS, bullying and harassment, fraud awareness, privacy and equal opportunity employment – all in just 20 minutes. It’s a quick refresher for volunteers who have been with us for a while, and a short introduction to the organisation for new volunteers.

All regular, registered volunteers will receive the invite via an email sent through the eLearning platform, with their unique login details and password. You can access the site at

If you have any problems accessing the course, or have not received your login details, please contact

We will continue to develop new and exciting online learning opportunities for our volunteers over the coming year, so keep a look out for any new courses that you may be interested in completing.


Daffodil Day 2015

Cancer Council NSW is dedicated to lead, empower and mobilise the community to defeat cancer. We are seeking passionate and enthusiastic volunteers to sell fresh daffodils and merchandise in the community this Daffodil Day, Friday 28 August.

Daffodil Day is Cancer Council’s flagship fundraising event and the largest merchandise-based fundraising event in the southern hemisphere. To Cancer Council, the daffodil represents hope for a cancer free future. Be a Daffodil Day volunteer this August and help us spread hope to those affected by cancer.

There are various shift times and locations available at local train stations, shopping centres, street stalls and in city centres. Register today to reserve your place!

Register here


Living well after cancer

Livingwellaftercancersign2.083054Finished treatment?

Life after cancer treatment can be a confronting and challenging time.

Despite the expectations of family and friends to just ‘get back to normal’, finishing treatment can bring new challenges and can lead to feeling isolated, tired or depressed.

It’s important to realise you’re not alone. Call or email for more info about our free Living Well After Cancer program, coming to:

Macquarie Park and Albury – 22 August
Dee Why and Griffith – 12 September

Call 1300 200 558 to register and obtain venue location or email

Learn more at Cancer Council NSW’s website here


Statewide volunteers Regional news archive for 2015


Cancer Council NSW teams together with NRL to give bowel cancer the boot

kick_bowel_cancerEach year 15,000 new cases of bowel cancer are detected and 4,000 people die from the disease, making it Australia’s second biggest cancer killer.

But it’s also one of the most curable cancers if found early, so early detection can save lives.

To help raise awareness about this, we partnered with the NRL, The Gut Foundation and Bowel Cancer Australia on the ‘NRL Kick Bowel Cancer’ campaign.

This campaign encourages Australian men and women to take an online bowel cancer detection survey, with the aim of raising awareness, reducing stigma and urging people to take action.

Watch the TV commercial produced as part of the campaign and, if you’re aged over 50, go online and take the bowel cancer detection survey today!


Contact us

Email or call 13 11 20 for all volunteer enquiries.

Forward all feedback and contributions to

To contact any of the Cancer Council NSW Regional Offices click on the link.