Volunteer with us
Make a real difference in your spare time!
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.
N.B. Please note as of summer 2017 we have reached our target of 130 volunteers and are trying not to exceed this to ensure we have the resources to be able to support each volunteer adequately. However, we will still be looking to take new volunteers on if we can see we really need extra volunteer support in a certain area so do please still get in contact if you are interested.
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.
Our volunteers are involved in the following activities. Read more by clicking on the opportunities to the left.
- providing support to callers on our helpline
- giving one-to-one peer support through our telephone buddies service, providing emotional support to people who are affected by a pituitary condition
- fundraising, raising money for our charity
- providing face-to-face support and information to patients and their families across the UK through our Local Support Groups
- helping our staff in the national support office
- moderating our online forum
- raising awareness in their local communities through awareness days and attendance at events
- participating in our medical committee if they are a health care professional.
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 reasonabale 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.
Read our volunteering FAQs here. (Includes information about time committments, training, and if volunteering affects your benefits)
We run quarterly volunteer recruitment drives which means we take in new volunteers four times a year. The deadline for volunteer applications is the last day of the month in February, May, August, and November.
Benefits of volunteering
• Free membership subscription to The Pituitary Foundation.
• Being part of our pituitary community and joining our dedicated team of over 100 volunteers! You will get ongoing support for you from The Pituitary Foundation and you will be supplied with information and handbooks.
• Benefiting from our ongoing volunteer training (as funding allows).
• You will receive volunteer ebulletins 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', and 'they enjoy volunteering as they themselves benefited from our services and so they enjoy giving something back'.
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 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 - volunteer helpline operator