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Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust – Volunteer and Deputy Operations Manager

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is recruiting a Volunteer and Deputy Operations Manager to join a small, driven team, to manager our volunteers – from recruitment to trips – and assist the Operations Managers in delivering and growing our support services.


Title: Volunteer and Deputy Operations Manager

Salary: £32,000

Location: Office-based (East Cowes, Isle of Wight)

Contract type: Permanent

Reporting to: Operations Manager North

Closing date: 8 April 2022


The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national charity that takes young people aged 8-24 sailing and on outdoor adventures to inspire them to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer.

For many young people, picking up from where they left off before cancer is not possible. So, when treatment ends our work begins.

Cancer treatment can be very lonely with long periods of isolation away from friends, family, and school. Through the Trust’s sailing and outdoor adventure activities, young people experience improved mental wellbeing because they feel…

  • Accepted – they meet and make friends with others who have had similar experiences – often for the first time – and stop feeling like ‘the only one’.
  • Independent– they have fun and rediscover independence away from home and outside of their ‘cancer bubble’. They realise what they are capable of again, physically, mentally, and socially.
  • Optimistic– their sense of purpose and self-worth increases, and they start to re-establish their place in the world by getting back into education or work and reconnecting with their friends and families.

They can believe in a brighter future.

The Trust has two bases – in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight and Largs on Scotland’s West Coast and employs a team of 18. Seasonal staff are also recruited for the Trust’s trip season (June-September).

We work closely with the leading young people’s cancer charities, particularly through our partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust and Young Lives vs Cancer, and our NHS hospital partners, to ensure every young person who needs support after treatment can get, and stay involved, with the Trust.


The successful candidate will be responsible for recruiting, developing, and preparing a range of volunteers for different roles, ahead of coming on a Trust trip. They will also assist the Operations Managers in overseeing and delivering trips, and supporting the wider goals of the Operations team in achieving our strategic Ambitions.

The role involves working closely with the Operations team in both bases to provide a single point of management for the Trust’s growing volunteer base.

There is also the chance to create and put your stamp on something new, by leading on the development and training of volunteers and building pathways for our existing volunteers to upskill, with aim for the Trust to ultimately support more young people while maintaining the ‘magic of the Trust’ and improving our service delivery.

You will also support the wider Operations team as required.

Please see the full job description on our website.


This is an exciting chance to join a committed Operations team, to help maximise the impact our volunteers have on inspiring young people to believe in a brighter future.

Applicants will have experience in managing volunteers.

An ability to work and communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals, in writing, face-to-face and over the phone, is essential, along with a passion to support the Trust in achieving its strategic Ambitions to build better connections with and have a greater impact on young people living through and beyond cancer.

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate, who is ready to hit the ground running and support the Operations team in delivering a full 2022 trip programme.


The Trust is a close-knit, friendly organisation, with a wide network of committed and passionate volunteers, young people looking to progress to volunteering and seasonal staff. You will be a key part of, and play a lead role in, nurturing our Trust community throughout the year.

We value your expertise and want to learn from you too. Got ideas you think might work? Want to try and test new things? Believe collaboration and everyone having a voice makes for stronger outcomes? This is your platform, and it is not about targets, but impact and doing whatever works best to make the biggest difference to young people.

How to apply
We value equality, diversity and inclusion and oppose prejudice. We strive to be more representative of all the young people we support from across the UK and are committed to being an anti-racist organisation.

If you share these values and think you are well suited to this role, but for whatever reason, feel underrepresented by anything in this advert or on our website, we strongly encourage you to apply and get in touch to help us be better.

Please apply by submitting an updated CV and covering letter of no more than two pages to [email protected] by 11:59pm on Friday 8 April.

You can email any questions or requests for an informal phone call about the role to [email protected].

The successful applicant will need to undertake a satisfactory DBS check and annual safeguarding training. References will be required.

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