Volunteer with us

Make a real difference in your spare time!

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Our volunteers are the heart of The Pituitary Foundation. Without them, we would not be able to continue to support the thousands of people affected by pituitary conditions who rely on us for information and support.

Staff and volunteers are working together towards one aim - our volunteers’ knowledge and expertise are vital in helping us to improve the lives of pituitary patients.

We support, engage, and encourage our volunteers; doing our best to ensure volunteers know how highly valued they are. Staff and volunteers are working together towards one aim – our volunteers’ knowledge and expertise are vital in helping us to improve the lives of pituitary patients.

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What do our volunteers do?

Read our volunteering FAQs here.

Includes information about time commitments, training, and if volunteering affects your benefits.

We have two main categories of volunteering - Service Volunteers and Fundraising Volunteers. Roles within these categories can be read about by navigating the menu to on the left hand side.

Our volunteers are involved in the following activities. Read more by clicking on the opportunities to the left.

  • Our team of Helpline Operators provide support and information on our Patient Helpline Monday-Friday. Some do regular shifts and some provide cover when needed. 
  • Telephone Buddies give one-to-one peer and emotional support support to people who are affected by a pituitary condition.
  • Our network of Local Support Groups provide face-to-face support and information to patients, carers, and families across the UK and ROI.
  • Office Volunteers help us with a variety of tasks in the Bristol National Support Office.
  • Fundraisers join us at events or organise their own, to help raise money for the charity.
  • Campaigners and Ambassadors raise awareness in their local communities, online or sometimes attend events on our behalf.
  • Forum Moderators keep an eye on activities and topics coming up on our forum.
  • Health care professionals on our Medical Committee participate in conversations when queries arise and are a vital support to our Patient Services team.
  • Our Board of Trustees provide governance and strategic planning for The Foundation.

 

Our volunteers have a range of experiences: some have had a pituitary disease diagnosis and are patients themselves, some have supported a friend or family member, others have professional or personal skills that can support our activities. Both men and women volunteer for us and range in age from 18 upwards. We reimburse reasonable volunteering expenses such as travel. Many of our volunteer roles can be undertaken in your own home and office-based roles are always in our Bristol offices.

 

PLEASE NOTE  - At present we are at full capacity and are trying not to exceed this to ensure that we have the resources to be able to support each volunteer adequately in their roles. However, do monitor our website and social media in the next few months as we will always advertise if we are recruiting for a specific role. You are also welcome to get in contact anyway to express an interest and we can keep your information on file in case anything comes up. Thank you for your understanding.

Benefits of volunteering 

• Free membership subscription to The Pituitary Foundation.

• Being part of our pituitary community and joining our dedicated team of 140 volunteers! You will get ongoing support from The Foundation and you will be supplied with information and handbooks.
• Benefiting from our ongoing volunteer training (as funding allows). 
• You will receive volunteer e-bulletins and Volunteer News magazine throughout the year.
• Great satisfaction that you are helping others!

The top two reasons for volunteering are that volunteers:

  • 'Find it rewarding to know they are helping others'
  • 'Enjoy volunteering as they themselves benefited from our services and so they enjoy giving something back' 

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This is Kayleigh one of our Fundraising & Marketing Office volunteers.

'I find running the group very rewarding. I don’t think I have been to one gathering when I haven’t learnt something new.' Annie - Salisbury Support Group Co-ordinator 

‘I have a regular 3 hour weekly slot on the helpline. I enjoy doing this and it is encouraging when you have been able to help the caller. My focus is for them to get through that period of fear, bewilderment and sense of isolation that I experienced myself in those early days'  Joy - Helpline Operator