Macmillan Cancer Information and Support volunteer
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Macmillan Cancer Information and Support volunteer

  • Service Area Libraries; Communities
  • Type of Opportunity Support

Macmillan Cancer Support has funded Glasgow Life to set up cancer information and support services in libraries across the city of Glasgow.   The aim of the programme is to provide information and support to people affected by cancer in Glasgow.   We are looking for volunteers from across the city to get involved in running these services on a daily basis, making a real difference to the local community.   Volunteers are at the heart of this project and are central to the success of the services.   Benefits to volunteers include:

  • Full training and support
  • The chance to meet and make friends with like-minded people
  • Access an exciting range of social networking opportunities
  • Regular volunteer newsletter informing you about developments in the programme
  • Excellent experience to enhance your cv
  • References can be provided for volunteers who are involved for more than six months
  • Make a real difference to the lives of people affected by cancer in your area

All volunteers receive an induction in to the library service and Macmillan Cancer Support. Volunteers are assigned a MacMillan Information and Support Officer who will support them through quarterly 1:1s and ongoing informal support.

Two days of core training will include cancer awareness, cancer treatments, boundaries, and listening skills. It is important that all volunteers attend training so that you feel comfortable and confident in your role.

No uniform is required, but volunteers are issued with an ID badge that they must wear when volunteering.

Expenses can be claimed on a daily or weekly basis from the library.


There is no minimum or maximum time commitment. We encourage our volunteers to stay with us by providing them with fulfilling opportunities, and valuing them through social events, ongoing communication, development opportunities and training.

Full support will be provided by your allocated Macmillan Information and Support Officer.

    • Any restrictions (gender/age) Our volunteers provide emotional support to vulnerable people. Given the nature of some of the topics service users wish to discuss, it would be inappropriate to involve under 18s.
    • Location/Address of opportunity Library @ The Bridge, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Easterhouse, G34 9JW Langside Library, 2 Sinclair Drive, G42 9QE Pollok Library, Pollok Civic Realm, 27 Cowglen Road, G53 2EN Dennistoun Library, 2 Craigpark, G31 2NA Mitchell Library, North Street, G3 7DN
    • Contact for opportunity Macmillan Volunteering Team,, 0141 287 2924
    • Number of volunteers required Ongoing
    • Skills/attributes/experience Open friendly manner Non-judgmental Good communication & listening skills Awareness of own limitations and boundaries Commitment Basic administration skills Most important is a willingness to learn and a desire to support others
    • Time requirement (number of hours per day/week) These differ according to the library service. Dates and times are flexible but we ask for a minimum time commitment of 2 hours per week.
    • Defined Hours There is no minimum or maximum time commitment.
    • Additional information
    • Application process Apply Online or By Post Volunteers will need to undergo a basic disclosure check. We support volunteers to complete the required form and we cover all costs incurred.
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