3 July 2014
Volunteers for Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries project have won the Macmillan Cancer Support award for their efforts in supporting cancer patients, their relatives, carers and friends.
The entire team of 140 volunteers earned the UK wide award as they prepared to celebrate giving 10,000 hours of their time to helping people affected by cancer.
Since the groundbreaking partnership between Macmillan and Glasgow Life began in June 2012, this volunteering team have given support to over 4000 visitors in 20 libraries across the city, helping people looking for information about cancer or just in need of some emotional support.
Volunteers Cassandra Kennedy and Catherine Armstrong went picked up their Deborah Hutton Award during a London ceremony last month hosted by Esther Rantzen.
Fellow volunteers Jaqueline Davidson, Linda Telfer and Ann Ferguson also won individual awards given to people who have had cancer and now volunteer to support others affected by this.
Claire Brown, Macmillan Programme Manager for Glasgow Libraries, said, "We're so proud of all of the Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries volunteers and utterly thrilled that their hard work and commitment to people affected by cancer in Glasgow has been recognised. It’s a huge honour for all of us to be involved in such an innovative programme, which has volunteering at its heart."
Macmillan’s General Manager Janice Preston added, "Without this dedicated team of volunteers, thousands of people across Glasgow wouldn’t have received the support and information they needed. We're grateful to every one of our 140 volunteers, and hope they're all proud of the impact they’ve had on the lives of people with cancer and their families."
If you'd like to use this Macmillan @ Glasgow Libraries service, you can turn up at any venues without an appointment and get access to:
- information on all aspects of living with cancer
- a relaxing environment and someone who'll listen
- referrals to free counselling and complementary therapies through our partners Cancer Support Scotland, including massage, reflexology and reiki
- benefits and financial advice through the Macmillan Long Term Conditions Service
- a programme of physical activity options including Chi Gung walking and circuit based classes
- guidance on a wide range of other local services
To find out more about your nearest service, please call 0141 287 2999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.