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Valuing our volunteers

We want to take this opportunity to thank ALL our wonderful volunteers who make Paul’s what it is.
We know that the coronavirus pandemic means that many of you are not currently able to volunteer with us, we miss you all and look forward to welcoming you back soon. For those who have been able to continue your roles remotely, thank you, it means so much to our clients.
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Recruiting to our inaugural Service Users’ Forum

We are starting Paul's first ever Service Users' Forum so that clients can have a say in the development of our services.
Service Users Forum
We are looking to recruit 12 volunteers to the group which will be made up of current and former clients.

The main requirement is that you are keen, interested and committed to helping us to keep offering and developing high quality services.
If you are interested in the role just sent a paragraph expressing your interest and saying why you would like to be a part of the group to our Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Mitchell (jessicam@pauls.org.uk).

You can also get in touch to find out more about the role via telephone 020 7924 3924.
We will follow-up with everyone who gets in touch and will arrange a brief informal 'interview'. Deadline for expressions of interest is June 8th.

Spotlight on our services

Many of our services have moved online. Providing services online has been a new experience for many of our team of staff and volunteers who provide them and also for many of our service users.
Patrick Browning has held Self-Hypnotherapy Workshops via Zoom.

Patrick told us:
“I had not had much experience of using Zoom before but found it very useful for the “Dealing with Anxious Thoughts” Workshop.

I have also done some teaching on Zoom so am gaining in confidence!”
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Lavinia Strino has held online self reflexology tutorials.

Lavinia told us:
“It was my first time doing a lesson of reflexology on Zoom, the lesson went well, as people were very interactive and asked a lot of questions about reflexology. I personally don’t like interacting with people via camera, especially if it is a therapy where touching is essential. But in this difficult period this seems to be the only way to see people and at the end of the session I felt very happy, as it was a pleasure to discuss with people how reflexology can help and I’m sure it was especially helpful for those who live alone.”
We have a range of remote support available to anyone impacted by cancer. Highlights in the next month include:
  • Social morning - 2nd June
  • Alexander Technique workshop - 3rd June
  • "Helping your immune system" hypnotherapy workshop - 10th June
  • Self hand and foot reflexology workshop - 11th June
  • Mindfulness workshop - 23rd June
Our wellbeing calendar on our website contains details of all our activities.
Please contact our team on support@pauls.org.uk or 020 7924 3924 for more information.

Fundraising from home

We’ve put together a few ideas to help stay connected and raise some much-needed funds for Paul’s through this difficult time. If you need any support with fundraising or want to discuss any ideas, please contact Tara, our Fundraising Manager, who is happy to help.
Email: Taras@pauls.org.uk
Covid 19 Appeal
Birthday Bonanza
Just because you have a lockdown birthday doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate.

Move your party on-line and ask guests if they can donate instead of buying a drink or present.
You can set up a birthday fundraiser on Facebook to reach those friends who can’t join you. https://www.facebook.com/fund/PaulsCancerSupportCentre/
Getting quizzical - Are you already doing a weekly family or friends quiz?
One week, why not ask everyone to make a donation to play. The winner can receive a percentage of what you raise, with the rest donated to Paul’s.
Give it up
Looking forward to that Friday night glass of wine? Has chocolate become your lockdown treat? Why not challenge yourself to give it up for a month and get sponsored to do it?

It is really easy to set up a fundraising page with Justgiving and remember to remind people how much harder it is to do this during lockdown.
Go to https://www.justgiving.com/paulscancersupportcentre/donate to get started.
Contribute the commute - one of the best advantages of working from home is the limited daily commute, for most of us it is a matter of seconds. We would be extremely grateful if you wanted to donate your train fare, petrol money, daily coffee allowance, monthly haircut, gym membership or anything else that you can’t currently do.

Clear it out
- how many of us have had a clear out over the last few weeks and have boxes and bags with unwanted goods ready to give away? Why not take pictures of these items and ask friends and family if they are interested in them for a donation? Send out via WhatsApp or post them on social media for friends to see.
Bagging a bargain - Do you shop through Amazon? If so it would be great if you please use Amazon smile and nominate Paul’s.
We receive 0.05% of everything you spend at no cost to you. Just visit https://smile.amazon.co.uk to sign up.

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