Jeanette's Story
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Jeanette's Story

 My name is Jeanette and I have been volunteering for Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries since September 2014.

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I decided to get involved with the programme for a couple of reasons. I have had my own cancer experience and the drop in service was there when I needed the support. I also attended the Chi Gung (Now 'Gentle Movement')​​ classes in Pollok Civic Realm so knew the benefits that I had received from accessing the services.  In August 2014, I was supporting my friend who was affected by cancer. He wasn’t coping financially, emotionally or with the pressures of work. I was able to give him the information he needed to go along and access his local Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries service. On the way home I kept thinking that I would like to be able to support people, so when I got home I picked up the phone and enquired about volunteering.

If someone asked me today about whether or not they should volunteer, I would say “give it a try – I did and I love it”.

I now volunteer in the Pollok service and with the Outreach services which takes the support out into the community. I listen, offer support and pass on relevant information. The training and support I have received as a volunteer with Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries is great. I know there is always someone there to support me in my role.

My volunteering gives me a sense of satisfaction that I am helping others, but by volunteering I am also helping myself to get out into the community and do things that I enjoy. It has lived up to my expectations and benefitted me in many paths of my life including giving me motivation to take part in the community and I feel that stress has left both me and my family because they know I am happy. 

As a Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries volunteer I get lots of opportunities to get involved in the wider work of Macmillan Cancer Support and I am now looking forward to attending the ‘Macmillan We Listen and Learn event’ which will allow me to share my experiences and help shape future volunteering experiences.

We were able to provide information and support to people affected by cancer there and then, when they really needed it.

I have set myself a personal goal, to volunteer at many more Outreach services as I absolutely loved the first one I did at the Pearce Institute. I felt we had a real impact and we were able to provide information and support to people affected by cancer there and then, when they really needed it. 

I have had so many rewarding moments with my volunteering so far, it is hard to pick just one. But I have to say, it is great when someone comes back to the service just for a chat and to say thank you for the support they have received. If someone asked me today about whether or not they should volunteer, I would say “give it a try – I did and I love it”. 


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