Addenbrooke’s Cancer Patient Partnership Group (CPPG)

The Addenbrooke’s CPPG is a group of patients and carers (past or current) who work with hospital staff to design and improve cancer services. The group has 50+ members and is led by a Committee of up to 20 members. They have co-produced this video which emphasises the importance of the patient voice and co-production within Addenbrooke’s Cancer Services.

The CPPG is always looking for new members.  They can be involved at a level of activity that suits them and can give their input via email, telephone or in person at meetings and workshops.  There’s no regular commitment or requirement to come to meetings.  We are keen to welcome representatives from LGBT+, BAME and Armed Forces communities to ensure we have a diverse group of voices.

For more information, contact:

Lenja Bell, Macmillan Co-Production Lead, 07729 105550



Young Person’s Volunteering Programme: Charlotte

Our evidence shows that volunteering improves communication skills and confidence and facilitates personal challenge and growth. The opportunity to volunteer is also seen as beneficial by Higher Education providers; although not all of the young people participating are seeking future careers in the health sector. More details about the programme are available here.

Charlotte is currently studying for her ‘A’ levels and volunteers after college once a week. She explains:

‘I took on this role due to my aspirations to become a medical professional.  Volunteering has been invaluable for me, not only in the development of my communication skills, but also in growning my understanding of what it means to work on a hospital ward, and the co-dependence between the staff.  Across my 100 hours, I have grown so much in confidence, volunteering was a fantastic decision for me.’

Profile: Theresa

Theresa also trained as a mentor, so she helps new volunteers to settle in and to understand the value of volunteering. Theresa says, ‘I love and enjoy what I do as a volunteer. Each week presents itself with something new and I value every moment with a patient. I am always happy to see someone’s face brightened through my little contribution.  

It is quite humbling how much appreciation I receive from patients and staff. This gives fulfilment and the realisation of how much difference the little time I give makes. I intended to volunteer for a few months but have lost count of time.

As a mentor, I cherish every session spent with new volunteers, it is rewarding to see them settle comfortably.  

The Cambridge University Hospitals Voluntary Services team has been incredibly friendly and supportive. Their inspiration and devotion has inspired me and I know it will extend to others.

Profile: Nick and Jack

And a patient answered, ‘He wags his tail and looks friendly, then his handler has a nice chat with you!’ Our PAT dogs are registered with Pets As Therapy, have passed a stringent temperament test and have an up to date certificate of registration.

Volunteer owner/handler Nick says: ‘While we have visited the wards our normal routine involves visit to the outpatients. This is ideal for Jack as he loves meeting as many new people as possible. He generally does a quick circulation and then seems to be able to focus in on those patients, friends or family who seem in most need of attention from a very loving dog! Attending outpatients can be a very stressful experience but when Jack enters the waiting area you can see how everyone perks up, starts to relax and begin chatting about their own experiences with their pets. Often when we leave you can see that the conversations between those who were strangers, wrapped up in their own worlds a few moments ago, continue and the atmosphere is changed.

Jack loves the whole experience, from putting on his ‘uniform’, in his case his PAT bandana and volunteer’s badge, the walk through the hospital to start his ‘rounds’ to the treats he gets from the staff in the clinics. What do I get out of volunteering? Well, apart from seeing the pleasure Jack gets, it is immensely satisfying and rewarding to see the reactions of patients, their families and friends and the staff of Addenbrookes to having Jack visit.

If you have a suitable dog and are interested in the scheme, please contact Pets As Therapy to register your dog before applying to volunteer. Details can be found on page xx of this booklet. Thank you!

Age UK

We provide a wide range of vital services and support to older people across the county. Our mission is to promote the well-being of all older people and to help make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. Much of our work would not be possible without the incredible support we are given by our volunteers. Volunteers help us in a variety of roles and particularly in relation to volunteer visiting/befriending, helping to reduce loneliness and social isolation.

Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
Helpline for all enquiries Tel: 0300 666 9860
Contact address: 2 Victoria Street, Chatteris, Cambs. PE16 6AP
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Patient and Public Involvement in Research (PPI)

If a clinical trial isn’t for you, you can still get involved in research by becoming a member of the Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) panel

 Patients and the public play a vital role in improving our research by sharing their experiences. Hearing their views can shape new research proposals and ensure that our research meets patient’s needs.

There are over 60 members from the East of England of all different ages and backgrounds on the panel. They review research proposals and patient materials, and meet with researchers to ask questions and provide feedback.

 No health experience is needed and panel members choose which projects interest them. All you need is an interest in sharing your views and experiences to help researchers carry out the best research they can. Panel members are also invited to research talks and training opportunities. This is a great way to be involved in research, make a difference and meet new people.

 Further information can be found at:

Or contact the PPI team:

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT)

With the help of many generous supporters, we provide additional funds so that your local hospitals can offer the very best care day after day, year after year. Volunteers make a huge contribution to ACT by giving their valuable time to help inspire and enthuse the community to fundraise for the hospitals. 

Contact details:
ACT, Box 126, Addenbrooke’s Hospital,
Hills Road, Cambridge
Tel: 01223 217757


Volunteering with the Chaplaincy Department at Cambridge University Hospitals Trust (CUH)

• Might you have/develop the gifts to discern and encourage people in their spiritual journey(s)?

• Would you like to find out more about Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care at CUH?

The CUH Chaplaincy Department has a large and well-established team of volunteers.

There are two ways of being involved as a lay Chaplaincy Volunteer:

1. As a Chaplaincy Ward Volunteer: ‘adopting’ a ward and visiting patients on a regular (usually one 2-3hr session per week) basis.


2. As a Chaplaincy Sunday Volunteer: taking Holy Communion to &/or praying with patients who have asked for a bedside visit on Sunday mornings (approximately 9am-1pm). 

And/or: collecting patients in wheelchairs (by request) so they can attend the 11am Service in Chapel.  Volunteers usually commit to doing this on a regular Sunday (e.g. first) each month (as possible).

For further details and registration forms please contact:
The Chaplaincy Administrator, Box 105,
Addenbrooke’s Hospital,
Cambridge, CB2 0QQ.
Tel: 01223 217769

Radio Addenbrooke’s

In doing so we provide companionship and light relief to patients by providing a unique free radio service that encourages patient participation and is run with the needs and taste of patients in mind. 

Radio Addenbrooke’s is run by 30+ volunteers, age range 16 to 80+ years who gain great satisfaction from meeting patients and playing their music requests.

Would you like to join us?
How to apply:

Macmillan Cancer Services

 More specifically, volunteers are fundamental to improving the patient experience in the Cancer Directorate at Addenbrooke’s.  Our vision for volunteering is:

To improve the overall patient experience and outcomes

To provide volunteers with a positive volunteering experience through role development, appropriate training, support and supervision

To provide more effective support to the clinical team, working together to improve the quality of care

For further information:
MCISS Tel: 01223 274801
Office Tel:  01223 274421


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