A NEW partnership project between ONFife Libraries and Macmillan Cancer Support is looking for volunteers to help people affected by cancer in the Cowdenbeath-Lochgelly area.

The charity is investing £240,000 to provide high-quality cancer information and support in four libraries across Kingdom, with the first two spaces opening in Lochgelly and Leven this year.

People affected by cancer often feel isolated and unable to access the right information and support at the right time. Volunteer-led drop-in sessions will be at the heart of the new support which will be provided to people living with cancer, their family, friends, carers and colleagues.

Jackie Brown, Macmillan Volunteer Co-ordinator at ONFife Libraries, left, is pictured with Carolyn Johnston, Facilities and Service Supervisor at Lochgelly Centre, in the Macmillan space at the Centre, and she explained how Macmillan would welcome volunteers to help make their Lochgelly Centre Space work.

“Often the most valuable thing we can offer someone affected by cancer is our time,” said Jackie.

“We are looking for warm, friendly volunteers who can provide a listening ear over a cup of tea and direct people to local and national services which may help them.”

She said that volunteers, who must be over 18, do not need to have a knowledge of cancer or a healthcare background. In exchange for a regular time commitment, volunteers will receive on-going training, support and any out of pocket expenses.

Added Jackie: "As well as great personal satisfaction, volunteers will be able to expand their own skills whilst helping people in our local communities".

To discuss this volunteering opportunity contact Jackie Brown, Macmillan Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 0345 55 55 55 ext 450047 or email macmillan@onfife.com.