Volunteering at DKMS supports our key mission: to make sure that everyone in need of a blood stem cell transplant can find a donor, and have a second chance at life.
Our volunteers make a huge a difference every day by helping us to advance our work. They provide support to patients throughout the donation process, for example through helping them host donor registration events, fundraise or raise awareness about the importance of blood stem cell donation. Our volunteers are an integral part of the work that we do.
As a volunteer with DKMS, not only will you have the opportunity to support our key mission, but you’ll also be able to build your confidence, meet new people and develop skills through our volunteering opportunities. There are lots of things you can do to get involved - from raising funds and awareness to supporting a donor recruitment drive to helping with administrative tasks - there's plenty on offer, whatever your interest.
To apply to be a volunteer with us, please make sure to fill in the Volunteer Application Form below.
Our volunteers are based all over the UK, providing vital support to DKMS to transform our mission into reality. The support of our fantastic volunteers has a huge impact on the work that we do, allowing us to match more donors with patients and save more lives.
If you are considering volunteering with DKMS but are unsure what you’d like to do, or if you have have some ideas for fundraising or donor registration opportunities that you’d like to discuss, please contact us.
Jasdeep, Midlands Hub Volunteer
I live in the West Midlands and work as a Management Consultant, helping large organisations become more digital and innovative. I love family, friends and generally anything people focused.
I decided to volunteer for DKMS as a family friend of mine had blood cancer back in 2015. The family member reached out and thus the Midlands Hub was born. We started some drives in the Midlands as a quartet (Robbie, Harkamal, Kam) and the Hub grew from there. Prior to volunteering I felt like my life was missing something and this was it...giving back to society!
Volunteering with DKMS has given me the opportunity to meet amazing people. I enjoy being involved in something where you can actively see the impact you are making by helping to save lives.
The DKMS Midlands Hub has directly enabled approximately 10 people to find life saving stem cell matches. Also we have raised over £30k in fundraising events, including 2 Dinner and Dance events with 500 people attending each.
Volunteering at DKMS has helped me appreciate life and realise that although we all have our own struggles, there is always help and support available. In terms of community, our Hub has helped increase awareness and registrations in the South Asian community which is important as ethnic minority backgrounds make up just 13% of the UK aligned stem cell registry making it harder for some individuals to get a match. Still, the journey continues as there is lots more work to do across all communities to increase donations, especially donations from ethnic minority backgrounds.
For anyone considering becoming a volunteer for DKMS, do it! I looked at lots of volunteering opportunities before I joined the DKMS family- the Hub Volunteer role stood out because I get to experience first hand the impact my efforts make. It really makes it worth while!