Marie Curie in call for vol­un­teers

The Oban Times - - News -

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@ or go on­line to helper.’

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