When I volunteered at Bloomhill I hadn’t intended to offer the skills I’d honed during my working career. 

I wanted a break. I fancied the bustle of an Op Shop – surrounded by all sorts of goodies, helping customers and seeking out Op Shop finds to take home.

When I was asked to help with communications I was reluctant. I had found my last few years at work very stressful and it had affected my health. On the other hand, I had been volunteering for years teaching English and knew how much I enjoyed helping other people learn something that was second nature to me.

I said yes, I would help with communications, and I’m happy I did.

It’s nice to be needed, and to know I’m helping in a way that uses my personal skillset. And the Bloomhill Team is great to work with - I am constantly amazed by the caring and commitment of all the staff and volunteers at Bloomhill.

And I still go to the Op Shops looking for those special buys and making regular small financial contributions to the critical services Bloomhill provides for people living with cancer.

If you have some time to give, whatever your skillset, I know how happy it will make you to help them.

Jan Richards

Volunteer Journalist

What does being a Digital Marketing & Communications Volunteer look like at Bloomhill?

Jan provides invaluable copy writing, editing and public relations support to the Bloomhill Advancement Team (affectionately known as the BAT team). She is free to pick and choose the projects she works on with us, scaled to her preferred volunteer hours for the week, and works flexibly either at the Centre or from home. 

The term Advancement has been adopted by the team to recognise and capture the ongoing, coordinated approach - required across all levels of staff, volunteers and the Board - to become advocates of what can be achieved for Bloomhill’s clients through outstanding community engagement, fundraising, partnerships and philanthropy.

There are so many ways you can support Bloomhill's Advancement Team. Here are just some examples of how you might be able to contribute and support the great work we do:

  • E-News Copy: source and prepare copy for Bloomhill’s e-newsletter to share volunteer, client, staff, supporter and donor stories to build an active, informed and engaged community.
  • Editorial support: Content creation, editing and/or approving content on a website or online community; proofreading content.
  • Outreach support: Assisting Bloomhill with its promotional campaigns; managing or participating in social networking strategies; assist in the preparation of digital fundraising projects; facilitating connections between individuals who share the same interests.
  • Office support: supporting staff members with day-to-day tasks; helping out with correspondence; data entry and analysis, cataloguing or archiving documents and photos; writing grant proposals; performing desktop research.
  • Web / Social Media support: managing an online community, troubleshooting communication challenges; designing marketing collateral; ensuring overall quality of online content.
  • Online shop: help develop marketing, sales and distribution potential of Bloomhil’s new online shop to build new income streams that will help fund more cancer care and support services at our Wellness Centre.
  • Community support: mentoring; training or coaching staff and volunteers to be more digitally savvy; coordinating a team of other volunteers in community engagement and fundraising; facilitating knowledge-sharing; organizing off-line meet ups and brainstorming new ideas.

There are no limits to what you can do as a volunteer with us. With a little creativity and help from emerging technologies this list of sample activities is only likely to grow in the future.