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There are many ways you can help the Cancer Society and people affected by cancer in our community.

Volunteer Driving

As part of our Transport to treatment Service volunteer drivers pick people up from their home, take them to their cancer treatment and other related appointments, and then take them home again.

For some people cancer treatment can be on a daily basis for many weeks, even months. Many people are too unwell to drive themselves or find it difficult to rely on family and friends for such a long period of time.

Our Transport to Treatment Service helps take some of the stress off people and their families during what is already a difficult time, and ensures they are able to attend all of their appointments.

Being a Volunteer Driver may only take a few hours once a week, once a fortnight, or even once a month. You can choose to drive as little or as often as you like on days that suit you.

Our Volunteer Drivers work weekdays only between the hours of 9am and 3.30pm to avoid rush hour traffic.

Volunteer Drivers need to have:

  • A friendly caring manner
  • Good driving skills
  • A current full New Zealand driver's licence
  • Up-to-date motor vehicle insurance and warrant of fitness
  • The ability to maintain patient confidentiality 

We provide you with full training and on-going support and a contribution to your travel costs is available.


Meal Service

Cancer treatment can be very tiring and have many side effects. Our volunteers prepare nutritious meals in their own homes which are then frozen and delivered to people with cancer who are too unwell to cook for themselves. This helps to ensure that people living with cancer and their families are able to continue to eat well.

Our volunteers are given:

  • Full training 
  • A Meal Service Manual including safe food practice information
  • Recipes to follow
  • Raw ingredients such as beef, chicken and fish and cardboard and tinfoil containers

Volunteers provide the rest of the ingredients for which they can be reimbursed for.

This role is suitable for people who enjoy cooking, who understand the importance of hygiene in the kitchen and of following recipes that are provided by the Cancer Society. This role generally takes approximately 10 hours per month.


Oncology Support

Having cancer treatment and finding your way around the hospital can be a daunting prospect for some. To help make this time a little easier we have a team of rostered volunteers who spend time in the different areas of the Auckland City Hospital Oncology Department.

Our volunteers provide a supportive and positive experience for people having cancer treatment. They offer tea and coffee, conversation, information about Cancer Society services, help people find their way around and are on hand to answer any questions people may have.

Our Oncology Support Volunteers work alongside health professionals and encounter people from all walks of life and diverse ethnicities. 

We will provide you with full training, a uniform, free parking and reimbursement and a comprehensive support system by professional staff.

The ideal person for this role needs to be able to commit to one day a week between approximately 9.30am and 3.00pm and must have the following attributes:

  • A passion and enthusiasm for helping others
  • An empathy for people being treated for cancer
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to establish rapport with people under strain
  • Confident and professional in challenging situations
  • Ability to work within a pro-active team environment
  • The ability to cope under pressure

Hosting Morning and Afternoon Teas and Pot Luck Dinners

Domain Lodge is our accommodation facility for people who have to travel to Auckland to receive cancer treatment. Each month we hold morning and afternoon teas and pot luck dinners in the dining/kitchen areas at Domain Lodge. This is an opportunity for people staying at Domain Lodge to meet other guests and come together.

Our volunteers set up and facilitate the gathering, ensuring guests feel welcome, are introduced to others and enjoy themselves.


Clerical and Administrative Support

We have a number of administrative and clerical support roles for volunteers. These roles are very important to our work and there are a number of different ways you can assist.



The success of our Daffodil Day and Relay For Life events rely on volunteers who kindly donate their time either in preparation for the event or on the day. There are many ways to get involved, please contact us to find out more.



Last Updated: Thursday 01 January, 1970