At OcuMel UK, we rely on volunteers to help us achieve the charity’s aims despite our limited resources. Our volunteers are invaluable members of the team and enable us to provide our regional support service.
If you have a small amount of time to donate each week, please see the vacancies below and contact us for an informal chat about any you might be interested in.
The Board of Trustees
By law, OcuMel UK must have a Board of Trustees overseeing its work. The board’s job is to ensure that OcuMel UK is being run effectively and efficiently, and that it is meeting the stated aims of the organisation.
As a patient-focused organisation, it is very important to us that a high proportion of our board members have personal experience of ocular melanoma, either as patients or as family members, so we are always looking for patients and family members to join us.
The board meets about 4 times per year. Members attend meetings in person where possible but may also be conducted via telephone conferencing. Board members may take specific roles, such as chair or treasurer, or they may be ordinary members.
Ordinary members, are encouraged to help with a particular project, for example, overseeing the production of a staff handbook or helping with the annual report. As a small organisation, we like our board members to really get to know the organisation and help out where they can. This should represent an average commitment of no more than 2 hours per week.
Ordinary patient and family members
The Regional Support Network
OcuMel UK’s Regional Support Network (RSN) exists to alleviate the isolation felt by those affected by ocular melanoma. Our RSN representatives keep in contact with members in their area, and may arrange local meet ups, or help coordinate local events.
We also rely on our representatives to help champion our cause. They get involved with our national events and help us mobilise in response to public consultations and other calls to action.
To become a rep you need only your personality and a commitment to donate approximately 2 hours per week of time. You will need to be empathetic; as you may be the first person from OcuMel UK that a new patient speaks to, but your role is also to facilitate social events and networking amongst our members.
North East England
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham, Cleveland
Yorkshire and Humberside
North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Riding
Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire
South East England
Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire
South West England
Gloucestershire, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Devon, Cornwall