Not sure about what volunteering involves or whether it’s for you? Read our volunteer stories to find out more …
Anna Lightfoot, Volunteer Reflexologist
I qualified as a Practitioner of Reflexology in March 1999 and started volunteering at TMC in September 2015. Alongside adopting my rescue dog, Josie, volunteering at The Mulberry Centre is “the best decision I’ve ever made.” I really enjoy meeting new people, and find my voluntary role very rewarding! I love chatting to all the Mulberry clients, and staff, and I have a down to earth approach. I enjoy my Friday afternoons at TMC, as well as enjoying the social aspect of meeting new like-minded therapists, staff, and other volunteers at the Centre. Walking into TMC every Friday always uplifts me. Seeing my clients leaving the therapy room relaxed, and with a smile on their faces, makes volunteering so worthwhile and rewarding!
Carmel Nazemi, Volunteer Welcomer
I have a background in nursing and working in childcare which I absolutely adored. I also worked for a short period at West Middlesex on the maternity department. I returned a few years as after working with my daughter for 13 years in our furniture accessory shop and found myself longing to get back into some sort of environment, specifically in the care industry.
A friend recommended The Mulberry Centre, so I popped in to see the Volunteer Coordinator. After chatting about various roles, I thought this place is amazing and I would really like to make a difference being a Welcomer. Whether it be making a cup of tea, having a warm and friendly chat and being the first port of call to access the services, it’s a pleasure being part of the team.
I work on a flexible rota, covering where needed to get to meet all the other Welcomers and help at fundraising events.
One of the best things about being a Welcomer is seeing someone’s absolute relief at finding The Mulberry Centre and all it has to offer. It’s a very special place and to see the client leaving after a session so calm and relaxed is wonderful.
Katrina Beath, Volunteer Counsellor
I was first attached to the Mulberry Centre by their comprehensive, whole-person approach to care. This matches my own core principle of Holism; my belief that we are inextricable interplays of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. For me, this is beautifully portrayed by TMCs offering of counselling alongside physical touch therapies for the body, and workshops for meditative practices.
The support I receive at TMC is outstanding; there is always a smiling face and friendly word, the administrative process runs so smoothly I am free to concentrate on my clients, and the counselling supervision is wonderfully affirming and encouraging. I have recommended volunteering at the Mulberry to many of my counselling peers and will continue to do so. I’m so glad I came here!
Bea Teuten, Volunteer Yoga Teacher
Volunteering at The Mulberry Centre is one of the most uplifting things that I do in a week. I am inspired by the clients who come to us, whatever their story they always leave me feeling humbled and in awe of their courage and determination, and I love working with all the other volunteers and staff who are part of the team.
I am a yoga teacher and have been running a weekly yoga class at The Mulberry for about four years. The class is all seated, focussing mainly on relaxation and using breath and sound to reduce stress and give clients some ‘tools’ to take away to use at home. I also work with clients who are on the wards in the hospital as part of the palliative care project. I never know who I am going to meet or what their needs might be – but that keeps me on my toes and helps me to keep on learning.
I would and do recommend coming to volunteer at The Mulberry to anyone who has a genuine interest in and desire to care for those affected by cancer. It is a very special place.