You could be the connection that revives a much-loved interest: When their situation makes it difficult for someone to stay in touch with their specialist field, volunteers might find appropriate member networks or local section events to attend, or relay information from our magazines.
You could be a way out of isolation: Volunteers also play an important role in building social networks for people less able to do this for themselves. A volunteer visitor might find other Royal Society of Chemistry members or events in the local area, and arrange outings or activities.
You could be the one who helps with a grant application: We often provide grants and funding to help applicants with financial difficulties. If a member needs support with the application process, volunteers are there to guide them through it.
You could be supported through a difficult time: Following a life-changing experience such as bereavement, having someone there to offer support and sympathy can mean a great deal. As a volunteer, you could make a genuine difference.
What makes a good volunteer?
We know that Chemists’ Community Fund applicants want volunteers who are impartial, friendly, sympathetic and calm, with a genuine desire to help.
As part of our volunteer network, we will give you training and you will be supported by the Fund team and a regional volunteer coordinator. They’ll be on hand to assist with your training needs, offer advice about individual cases and support you throughout your time as a volunteer.
We only ever ask volunteers to give what time they can to the role, and we appreciate any and all support.
There is an ethos within the chemistry community to work together because it’s the nature of the work that we do.
Anyone who finds themselves in trouble – lost their job, injured themselves so they can’t work… they have the right to ask the Fund for support.