‘The only mo­ment we have is now’

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Shirley Whal­ley. Which or­gan­i­sa­tion are you in­volved with? Mu­sic Vol­un­teer for Cheshire and Wir­ral Part­ner­ship NHS Foun­da­tion Trust (CWP) – Green­ways As­sess­ment and Treat­ment Unit, Mac­cles­field. How did you be­come a vol­un­teer? Want­ing to make use of skills I had used in paid work, I con­tacted CWP for de­tails of vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties and ended up do­ing some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent! What do you en­joy most about your role there? The va­ri­ety of peo­ple I meet and as they get to know me a lit­tle, learn­ing from them, see­ing them ex­press­ing how they feel in mu­sic/song/ move­ment. Mak­ing mu­sic al­lows us to show a bit more of the in­side of our­selves, co-op­er­ate and have fun. What has been your most mem­o­rable/ fun­ni­est mo­ment while you have been volunteering? There have been many but I re­mem­ber a young woman singing her favourite song with me, and learn­ing that later she had sung karaoke for the first time with her fam­ily in a lo­cal pub. We must never un­der­es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of seem­ingly sim­ple things.

Then there’s the young man who made up songs about Vir­gin Pen­dolino trains… I could go on... Where is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field? Any­where in the hills above Mac­cles­field – when I am out walk­ing ev­ery­thing else falls away and I am where I be­long. Ideally how would you spend ev­ery day? Ex­actly as I do now – lots of va­ri­ety. What was the best hol­i­day you have been on? Last week­end walk­ing the hills above Gras­mere on a bright clear day with the sound of rush­ing wa­ter all the way – mag­i­cal. If money was no ob­ject what would you do? Buy some wood­land which could be planted and main­tained for my fam­ily – some­where we could go and camp and re­lax and en­joy what re­ally mat­ters. What one piece of ad­vice would you give? The only mo­ment we have is right now – make the most of it. What was your first job? Ju­nior sec­re­tary at an ar­chi­tects’ prac­tice in Mac­cles­field. What is on your CD / MP3 player? Right now I am play­ing Grace Petrie and The Ben­e­fits Cul­ture al­bum Love Is My Re­bel­lion – gets me danc­ing

round the room! What is your favourite TV show? At the mo­ment, Masterchef – I love cook­ing and watch­ing oth­ers cook! What are you read­ing at the mo­ment? History of the Rain by Niall Wil­liams. What is your big­gest in­spi­ra­tion? Friend­ships and A.A. Milne who said “The things that make me dif­fer­ent are the things that make me.” – I would rec­om­mend ev­ery­one to read Win­nie The Pooh! Who would you like to in­vite to din­ner? Ev­ery­one welcome – bring and share and we’ll dance af­ter­wards!

●● Shirley Whal­ley is a mu­sic vol­un­teer for Cheshire and Wir­ral Part­ner­ship NHS Foun­da­tion Trust (CWP)

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