June 2016

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Engagement survey update from Emma White, Volunteer Unit Manager

Emma WhiteA key theme that came through in the engagement survey was that Cancer Council NSW can do more to support you, including clarity around role expectations, and guidance and leadership from volunteer managers. Clearer volunteer role descriptions, well-planned induction and orientation, and role-specific training are just a couple of the areas we have been working towards improving. It’s been a busy 12 months in the volunteering space at Cancer Council NSW. You may remember that last year we ran a volunteer engagement survey, conducted focus groups, and developed an action plan to ensure that we continue to improve the experience for volunteers. It’s exciting to now be able to provide an update on a couple of key deliverables from these initiatives.

In March 2016, we also launched the Lead the Way – Volunteer Leadership training course and supporting resources to better equip employees to work effectively with volunteers – including best-practice in motivating, recognising and communicating with volunteers.

Additionally, we’ve taken on board that many of you would like more involvement and communication, including updates on program, event and staff changes, and new volunteer opportunities. The Weekly News and an invitation to our Keeping in Touch meetings have now been extended to volunteers to provide more opportunity to be involved in the day-to-day at Cancer Council NSW.

We encourage you to stay up-to-date through our other platforms too, including the Cancer Council Conversations blog, regional volunteer newsletters, attendance at team meetings, and social media channels.

There are many other initiatives in progress to continue to improve the volunteering experience at Cancer Council NSW. We look forward to sharing these with you in the coming months.

Emma White


Cancer Council’s City Mile Dash at Barangaroo Reserve

City Mile DashCancer Council NSW’s City Mile Dash is back for its 5th year! A fun and challenging lunchtime one mile (1.6KM) corporate run. Join us on Friday 17 June 2016 at 1PM and run through Sydney’s newly created Barangaroo Reserve. Challenge your colleagues or the boss and settle corporate rivalries, while raising funds to help beat cancer.

Register a team of four or run, walk or skip it solo.

Beat cancer by a mile and register for the City Mile Dash today!


Fruit, vegetables and cancer prevention

fruit-and-vegFruit and vegetables are high in nutrients that are potentially protective against cancer.

They also play an important role in weight management.

As obesity is a convincing risk factor for cancer of the bowel, kidney, liver, pancreas, oesophagus, gallbladder, endometrium, ovary, breast (in post-menopausal women) and prostate (advanced), fruit and vegetables may also protect against cancer indirectly by helping to maintain a healthy body weight.

Read more here and here.


When you are first diagnosed

first diagnosed

People often describe the first weeks after a cancer diagnosis as a rollercoaster or whirlwind.

Learning that you have a serious disease can be a shock and you may worry about what it means for your way of life now and in the future.

This page on Cancer Council NSW’s website addresses some of these issues.

Or email us for more information.


Men’s Health Week 13-19 June

David SmithMen’s Health Week encourages communities across Australia to reach out to men, boys and their families to promote health and wellbeing through engaging activities, events and promotions.

These locally tailored events create the right setting for conversations about the elements that make us healthy – that’s why our 2016 theme HEALTH ELEMENTS is about encouraging communities to start those conversations about the elements of life that build health and life’s purpose.


Cancer Council Conversations blog

Find out how to help reduce you and your family’s risk of cancer, information about managing cancer and survivorship, our research discoveries and stories from our volunteers and supporters.The Cancer Council Conversations Blog will bring you the latest from experts in the fields of cancer research, prevention and support.

Do you need sun protection in winter?

How are you doing emotionally?

Which 16 cancers can be caused by smoking

End of life, you have choices for where you die

Palliative care can be a life-enriching treatment

An easy, healthy (and tangy) recipe


Regional offices information


Metro Sydney news

Greater Western Sydney news

Hunter Central Coast news

Northern NSW news

Western NSW news

Southern NSW news


In the news

Relay For Life news

Lose fat around the waist, reduce prostate cancer risk

Universal cancer vaccine ‘on track’

One in six Australians avoiding dairy foods

Polio therapy used to treat cancer

NSW has the lowest number of palliative care nurses


Email volunteervacancies@nswcc.org.au or call 13 11 20 for all volunteer enquiries.Contact us

Forward all feedback and contributions to volunteervoice@nswcc.org.au.

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