Marie Curie in call for volunteers
MARIE CURIE is calling in Argyll residents to donate a few hours a week to support people living with a terminal illness, and their families locally.
Known as Marie Curie Helper Volunteers, the free service provides vital support to an individual and their family who are looking for companionship, emotional support or practical information.
Every volunteer is extensively trained before being matched with someone in the local area and also receives ongoing support. Typically a volunteer would spend up to three hours a week visiting someone at home or talking over the phone.
Marie Curie Helper Volunteer Manager Alison Craig, based in Oban, said: ‘When you’re living with a terminal illness it can be very isolating, especially for anyone who doesn’t see family or friends regularly.
‘Our helper volunteers can make a real difference by simply giving their time to listen and talk, perhaps helping with small tasks about the house or joining in on a shopping trip.
‘We’re looking for anyone over 18 who can offer up to three hours a week. No qualifications or previous experience is needed and we provide everything you need to know and offer support every step of the way. We know our volunteers find it hugely rewarding and see for themselves the difference it makes to the families they support.’
In addition to new volunteers, Alison is also partnering with local community groups to train existing volunteers who already support people in a similar befriending capacity, saying: ‘I’d urge anyone interested to contact me directly on 0800 304 7027 via email on argyllandbutehelper@ mariecurie.org.uk or go online to mariecurie.org.uk/ helper.’