Macmillan at Glasgow Libraries Volunteer Maureen

4 February 2015

Maureen is a Macmillian @ Glasgow Libraries volunteer who shares her volunteering experience.

Maureen, Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries Volunteer Why did you decide to volunteer with Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries?

Having secured early retirement at the end of 2012 I knew that one stage of my life had come to an end. However I also knew that I still had a lot to give and had free time on my hands. Having seen a recruitment advert for Information and Support Volunteers with Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries I read up on the project and felt it was something I would enjoy being part of. It would allow me to increase my knowledge around cancer, give something back and offer emotional and financial support making a difference to the quality of life of those affected by cancer.

What is your volunteer role and what does it involve?

On Tuesdays and Fridays I am a Cancer Information and Support Volunteer at Langside and Gorbals Libraries, both in the south of Glasgow. Alongside another volunteer I facilitate drop-in sessions for people affected by cancer. We offer emotional and financial support and information about other services as required. I am also a member of the Events team as an events team volunteer I have been out and about across the city promoting our service at different venues.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your volunteering?

The most rewarding part for me is just being there and making a difference,  listening  to  and supporting people affected by cancer.

Tell us about a highlight of your volunteering.

Volunteering at both libraries has given me the opportunity to meet some lovely people and I feel humbled that people are comfortable sharing at what is a very difficult time for them. I had one fab Friday when it came home to me that we are making a difference when two service users popped in to say than k you and update on improvements in their quality of life. 

What’s the one thing you would tell someone about volunteering?

If you want to be part of a team who are compassionate, committed and enthusiastic in their support of others and want to make a difference when people are at their most vulnerable then Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries is for you. 

How has volunteering helped you personally? What does it mean to you?

Volunteering has given me the opportunity to transfer skills and put them to good use supporting others - a real sense of achievement.

If you would like to get involved in volunteering with Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries, please contact: Macmillan Volunteering Assistant on 0141 287 2924 or email: macmillan@glasgowlife.org.uk