CanCare volunteer

Please note: this volunteering is with an external community organisation that UOWx has a partnership with. Please contact once you have been accepted into this role and UOWx will add you to the Moodle site so you can commence claiming your hours.

What will I do?

A CanCare navigator is a trained volunteer who provides much-needed back-up for a person with cancer. Their principal function is to provide customised support, that can include anything from finding information, organising home help, finding transport options if required or just being there when someone needs a friend. As a navigator, you will assist a person in a mentoring, peer support capacity by 'walking alongside' them as they face new challenges. You will be matched with a person needing assistance and provide one-on-one support at a time and place that is convenient for you and the person you are navigating.

How will I benefit?

Volunteer CanCare navigators will learn more about the health system; understand the disease process; further develop their communication skills; develop skills to manage difficult conversations; develop a better understanding of the many challenges a person with cancer faces; and learn how to access services and credible information so they can support a person with cancer. As a navigator you will have the opportunity to provide some much needed support for a person with cancer at a time they need it most.

How do I apply?

You can register to be a volunteer online. Training programs occur 2-3 times per year. Contact Suzanne Baker to find out when the next training program will be held or for any further questions.

Are there any special requirements for this role?

CanCare navigators are required to attend a free 2 day training program before they can volunteer as a CanCare navigator.

Further information

You can find more information on the Prostate and Breast Cancer Foundation website. 

Where?When?Time commitmentTypeLearning Stream

Southern Sydney campus

All year

2-5 hours depending on the needs of the person being supported

Volunteer with an external community organisation

  • Collaboration & Communication
  • Community & Social Change
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Mentoring & Wellbeing