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Are you interested in volunteering for BreaCan?

Applications for the current intake have now closed. If you would like more information about future volunteering opportunities, please contact us.

BreaCan is a quality, women-centred, holistic service providing information and support to people affected by breast or a gynaecological cancer in Victoria. Through our caring and flexible approach we provide a safe environment for people to share their personal experiences of cancer and to seek information relevant to their needs. BreaCan recognises that every woman’s experience is different.

About our Volunteers

Volunteers are vital to the work of BreaCan, and we are fortunate to have a group of motivated and committed women who continually inspire and inform us. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and bring with them many skills and qualities (read some of their stories here). They range in age as well as in their personal experience of cancer. BreaCan encourages the participation of volunteers in the development and operation of the service.

Volunteer Roles

There are a number of different roles available to women who wish to volunteer with BreaCan. An outline of each volunteer role can be found below.

Peer Support Volunteer

Program Support Volunteer

Becoming a BreaCan Peer Support Volunteer

Our Peer Support Volunteers are women who have had a breast or gynaecological cancer experience and share their own experiences in a helpful and meaningful way to support others affected by breast or a gynaecological cancer. The exchange of knowledge between women comes from their personal experience which helps to affirm and normalise what they are going through, in a way others cannot. Peer Support Volunteers work in our Resource Centre or at our Bridge of Support Programs at either the Royal Melbourne Hospital or Sunshine Hospital. We recruit women with breast cancer and women with gynaecological cancers to be Peer Support Volunteers once a year. To ensure diversity in our volunteer program, we aim to recruit some women who speak community languages, younger women and women with children. Would you like to:

  • Listen to women’s experiences of breast or gynaecological cancer, share your own experience and provide support?
  • Help women access good quality, reliable information?
  • Link women into available support services such as counselling, practical support, local health care services, and breast or gynaecological cancer support groups?
  • Talk to women who visit in person, or contact us by telephone or email?
  • Help us host information activities at the centre?

Then Peer Support is the role for you. Peer Support Volunteers need to be able to work in the Centre during the day and commit to a 40 hour training program.

Information sheet: Download the PDF

Becoming a BreaCan Program Volunteer

Our Program Support Volunteers are women who have had a breast or gynaecological cancer experience, or have been close to someone who has, and assist the programs that BreaCan runs to support women. Working as a Program Support Volunteer may be a springboard to becoming a Peer Support Volunteer in the future; for others it’s a way to volunteer for a service they themselves may have used and value in a way that suits them. The volunteer roles offered in the program support area include:

  • Library Volunteer
  • Webcast Volunteer
  • Bridge of Support PeerLink Volunteer at Sunshine Hospital
  • Administrative Support Volunteer
  • Mail Out Volunteer

If you like the sound of any of the Program Volunteer roles you may wish to apply. Program Support Volunteers participate in a 3 hour training program as well as orientation to their specific role. Hours, days and times of volunteering can be flexible, although they need to be during office hours (Monday and Friday, 9am-5pm).

Information sheet: Download the PDF

Becoming a BreaCan PeerLink Volunteer at Sunshine Hospital

We have started a new program called the Bridge of Support for women who are breast cancer patients at Sunshine Hospital.  This program helps link women who are at the hospital to our information and support service. We have recently finished recruiting women who have personally experienced breast cancer to become BreaCan Peer Link Volunteers at the Bridge of Support Program at Sunshine Hospital. These volunteers help link breast cancer patients at Sunshine Hospital to our Peer Support Volunteers and to information and other programs provided through the BreaCan Resource Centre in the city.

Information sheet: Download the PDF

Other ways to get involved

We also recognise that people may want to contribute to the service but share their experiences in a different capacity. This might be people who are partners or carers, people who live in rural and regional Victoria, or younger women who have to balance various commitments. If so, please consider contacting us.