Cancer Campaigns Ambassador

09 Jan 2019
25 Feb 2019
Hours per month
1 to 10 hours, 10 to 20 hours
Long Term

Do you want to be part of a growing campaigns network that is helping to beat cancer sooner?

Do you want to influence politicians to prioritise cancer?

Can you use your passion and enthusiasm to encourage people to take action?

Why should I become a Cancer Campaigns Ambassador?

We know that one day research will beat cancer. With political action, this day will come sooner. This is because key decisions on prevention, early diagnosis and access to cancer treatments lie in the hands of the Government. With your help, we can persuade them to translate our research discoveries into lifesaving initiatives.

What will I be doing?

You’ll use your enthusiasm and commitment to bring our campaigns to life, influencing politicians to make sure cancer is a priority. We estimate you’d need to able to volunteer 2 hours of your time each month; plus a full day for big campaigning events, once or twice a year. Below is a snapshot of the type of activities you could be doing and roughly how long they take.

Ambassador actions

  • Influence your MP (or other political representatives in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the EU) by engaging with them through emails, letters and phone calls: Up to 1 hour a month
  • Promoting our campaigns on social media to your friends, family and colleagues: Up to 10-15 minutes a month
  • Meet your MP (or other political representatives) in your constituency to talk about our campaigns: Roughly 30 minutes (twice a year)
  • Use your enthusiasm and contacts to gather petition signatures in support of a campaign. Petition-based campaigns tend to run for 1-2 months at a time: A few minutes a week if collecting online, 30 minutes a week if collecting offline
  • Attend a training day, mass rally or other big event - which can take place at the Houses of Parliament, Welsh Assembly, Scottish Parliament or Northern Ireland Assembly:1 day a year 
  • Share your campaigning experiences with fellow Ambassadors using teleconferences, email and social media or at events and meet-ups: Roughly 30 minutes (four times a year)
  • Regularly keep the Campaigns Team in the loop with responses you receive from your political representatives and any further information/support you need: As required 

The Ambassador role isn’t about…

  • Raising awareness of the symptoms of cancer
  • Getting involved in fundraising activities
  • Sharing your personal story with the local media
  • Only taking our online campaigning actions and not getting involved with the offline actions

Although these are all excellent ways to support the charity, these activities are not part of the Ambassador role. To find out about other ways to volunteer, please visit our Volunteering Opportunities.

What support will I be given?

  • When you join the programme, you’ll receive a thorough Welcome Pack which you can dip in and out of for tips and advice on campaigning
  • A campaigns toolkit at the start of each campaign detailing actions you could take
  • Access to our online Ambassador Resource Hub – a one-stop-shop of all the campaigning materials, tips sheets, and everything else you’ll need
  • The friendly Campaigns team will only be an email or phone call away to answer any questions you may have
  • Peer-support from fellow Ambassadors and, location-dependent, you may receive support from an Ambassador Aide (an Ambassador who takes on additional responsibility to support Ambassadors in their local area)
  • Agreed expenses

What do I get in return?

  • You will be able to share your passion for beating cancer sooner with the people who have the power to make a difference
  • A chance to develop a wide range of skills and improve your CV, plus gain new experiences like TV and radio interviews, mass lobby days at parliament and visiting research centres
  • An opportunity to meet likeminded people from different walks of life

What skills do I need?

We’re looking for people with:

  • A keen interest in the issues we campaign on and a passion for campaigning
  • The willingness to interact with a variety of audiences, including politicians
  • Commitment and determination to see a campaign through

Being an Ambassador

As an Ambassador you will be representing Cancer Research UK, so it is important that you act appropriately and within the bounds of your role. Our Ambassadors must:

  • Be 18 years or over and a permanent UK resident
  • Behave in accordance with our Volunteering Policy (available online and upon request) and remain politically neutral when engaging with politicians from different political parties
  • Use consistent messaging and only undertake actions as requested by the Campaigns team to ensure that our campaigns have maximum impact.

I’m interested. How do I get involved?

Great! To join the Ambassador programme you will need to apply via our website.