The Irish Cancer Society launched its Daffodil Centre in University Hospital Galway. (Photo: Andrew Downes)

The Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to help out in its Daffodil Centres located in Cork University Hospital and the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork.

The Society’s Daffodil Centres are an important source of information and support for anyone affected by or concerned about cancer. 

Daffodil Centres are run by the Irish Cancer Society’s own specialist cancer nurses and highly trained volunteers. There are thirteen Daffodil Centres located in hospitals around the country and they rely on the support of volunteers to help deliver a valuable service to cancer patients, their families and the general public.

Daffodil Centre volunteers help make visitors to the centre feel welcome and show them the range of cancer information and resources available to them.

They also arrange for visitors to meet with the specialist cancer nurse and accompany patients to hospital appointments or enquirers to the appropriate hospital department.

The centres generally open 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday and volunteers are asked to commit to four hours (one morning or afternoon) a week. Each of the new volunteers will be specially trained and given the appropriate supports to ensure they feel confident in their role.

Aileen McHale, Cancer Information Service Manager with the Irish Cancer Society said: “Our Daffodil Centres provide cancer information, support and advice in hospitals to anyone affected by or worried about cancer. The centres are staffed by specialist nurses and Daffodil Centre Volunteers are essential to the running of the service. Without their help, we would not be able to provide the service, which in 2017 supported and advised over 40,000 people across the country.”

For more information or to apply to become a trained Daffodil Centre volunteer, please contact Deirdre Murphy on 01 231 0564 or email