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Macmillan Volunteers


SERIO have recently won funding from the Plymouth University Community Research Awards to help Macmillan Cancer Support investigate how to identify, attract and retain good quality volunteers.

The organisation is dependent on two types of volunteers - those who hold fundraising events in the community and office staff who coordinate activities - but the Plymouth, North Devon and Tamar Valley offices are reliant on just ten individuals.

The research will include interviews with the current local volunteers, as well as volunteers from other more established networks elsewhere in the South West, exploring what motivates them and their demographic characteristics. In order to provide information on potential volunteers, an online panel will be used to collect information on the attitudes of 500 members of the public who fit the demographic profile of Macmillan volunteers.

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