Iris Volunteer Massage Therapist Scheme announced

Iris starts recruitment for a partnership project with the Voluntary Action Fund

Iris, with support from the Voluntary Action Fund, is launching a Volunteer Massage Therapist scheme across Scotland.  The scheme offers therapists who have completed the 3 day Massage for People Living with Cancer course the opportunity to give a year's commitment working in a cancer support centre as a volunteer massage therapist.  Iris will provide full induction, in-service training, ongoing support and supervision.

Dumfries Hospital Chemotherapy Day Unit will be the first partnership project with 2 volunteer therapists starting work in September.  There will be further opportunities in other areas in the future.

The Voluntary Action Fund's aim is to increase volunteering from people in the following categories:

  • Carers, part-time or full-time
  • Unemployed or returning to work, low income
  • Physical & mental health conditions
  • Black & minority ethnic communities
  • LGBT
  • Single parents
  • Under 25/over 50
  • People affected by abuse

There are also a number of places on the scheme for volunteers not in any of the above categories.

If you are interested in volunteering please email Maggi Scott at with a personal statement detailing why you are interested in this opportunity, plus email addresses for 2 referees who can provide a reference.