We know that one day research will beat cancer. With political action, this day will come sooner. This is because key decisions on prevention, early diagnosis and access to cancer treatments lie in the hands of the Government. With your help, you can help us persuade them to translate our research discoveries into lifesaving initiatives.
What will I be doing?
- Learning how to use your passion to influence your MP (or other political representatives in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the EU) by engaging with them through emails, letters and phone calls
- Promoting our campaigns on social media to your friends, family and colleagues
- Meeting your MP (or other political representatives) in your constituency to talk about our campaigns
- Using your enthusiasm and contacts to gather petition signatures in support of a campaign
- Attend a training day, mass rally or other big event - which can take place at the Houses of Parliament, Welsh Assembly, Scottish Parliament or Northern Ireland Assembly
- Sharing your campaigning experiences with fellow Ambassadors via teleconferences, email and social media or at events or local meet-ups
- Regularly keeping the Campaigns team in the loop with responses you receive from your political representatives and any further information/support you need
What skills so I need?
We are not looking for the next Prime Minister however a keen interest in using campaigning as a means to beat cancer is necessary. What we are looking for is:
- A keen interest in the issues we campaign on and a passion for campaigning
- The willingness to learn and draw upon your confidence and enthusiasm to interact with a variety of audiences, including politicians
- A commitment and determination to see a campaign through
We estimate you’d need to be able to volunteer 2 hours of your time each month to be an Ambassador, then one full day for a large event.
What support will we give you?
- Ambassadors receive updates every 1-2 weeks on the exciting activities they can get involved in to support our campaigns
- When you join the programme, you will receive a ‘Ambassador Welcome pack’ which you can dip in and out of for tips and advice on campaigning
- A campaigns toolkit at the start of each campaign detailing actions you could take
- Access to our online Ambassador resources hub – a one-stop-shop of all the campaigning materials, tips sheets, etc you need
- The friendly Campaigns team will only be a short email or phone-call away to answer any questions you may have
- Peer-support from fellow Ambassadors and depending on where you are based, you may receive support from a volunteer ‘Ambassador Aide’ in your area
What benefits can I expect?
- You will be able to share your passion for beating cancer sooner with the people who have the power to make a difference
- A chance to develop a wide range of skills and improve your CV, plus gain new experiences you normally wouldn’t have (e.g. invitation to cancer/ health conferences)
- An opportunity to meet likeminded people from different walks of life
- You will be reimbursed agreed expenses you incur as a result of your role
Where will I be based?
You will do most of your campaigning activities from home or in your local community/ constituency. On occasions you may engage with politicians at the Houses of Parliament, Welsh Assembly, Northern Ireland Assembly or Scottish Parliament (depending on where you live and the coverage of the campaign)