What volunteers do
Volunteers are involved in all aspects of our work and in all our projects: delivering workshops, tour guiding, researching our archive, cataloguing, reception, admin work, literacy and numeracy tutoring and much more.
What we offer
Our Volunteer Programme is rooted in our Core Values and ensures women from all walks of life can contribute and get involved in our work. All volunteers receive a full induction when they start, ongoing support from staff and more experienced volunteers, and training as required.
The support we offer is tailored to each volunteer and takes into consideration their motivations for volunteering, whether that’s to meet people, learn, play an active role in the community or share skills and knowledge with others.
It is difficult to sum up all of the ways in which volunteers benefit from volunteering, so below are some quotes which illustrate the difference volunteering can make to women’s lives:
“Having not worked for a number of years it has given the confidence to apply for jobs and to build my confidence in a work situation doing work I really enjoy.”
“Allows me to engage with art in a space where I feel comfortable and confident. Makes me happy just being in the library and feeling part of it. Provided a routine and regularity to my week.”
“It has really been a whole amazing experience for me l never thought volunteering could have made me feel so alive and wanting to learn more. Pushing me but in a good way. Helping with the amazing work that the GWL does and being part of this organisation who value their volunteers.”
“Volunteering helps my reading, learning about the archives and about history, meeting new people, getting involved in events, learning new skills”
You can read more about our previous volunteers’ experiences here.
We also refund travel expenses (up to £5.00).
What we are looking for
We always try to find a volunteer role which matches our volunteers’ interests and motivations. Some volunteers come with particular skills, others may not have worked before but are keen to learn and try new things. Whatever our volunteers’ experiences and skills, we are keen to find a way to involve them in our work.
More importantly we are looking for women who:
- Share GWL’s vision and values
- Are familiar with our work, through borrowing books, attending events, groups or exhibitions
- Are culturally diverse women and women with different talents and backgrounds
- Are flexible, friendly and fun
- Have a positive outlooks and optimism
- Value others contributions and views
- Are supportive team members
And are interested in developing:
- Communication skills
- An understanding of the GWL team structure and function
- An understanding of feminism, the importance of ‘women’s space’ and the history and uniqueness of GWL
- A willingness to learn
- A desire to make their experiences of working as enjoyable as possible
- An awareness of equalities issues: racism, homophobia, disability issues, mental health issues, the impact of violence against women etc.
It is also important that all team members, volunteers and staff, respect themselves, the learners, GWL and its team.
How to apply
We particularly welcome applications from women from our neighbourhood and women who might face barriers to volunteering in other organisations or to participating as much as they would like to in their community, due to disability, mental health problems, communication difficulties or lack of experience.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please look out for volunteering opportunities posted below and complete a Volunteer Application Form.
We also accept general applications for volunteering but please note that these are only considered every 3-4 months and therefore we may not respond to your application immediately.
Please return your completed application to Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow, G40 1BP or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that due to the large number of applications we receive, we regrettably cannot offer a volunteering role to all who apply.
For more details about our recruitment process and other aspects of our volunteering programme, please see our Volunteer Policy.
Recent Volunteer Opportunities Posts:
If you love meeting and talking to people, are a great listener, and would like to encourage more women to borrow books, come to events and get involved in GWL, then this is the role for you.
The first deadline to apply for a volunteering role with the Speaking Out project has now passed. We will be taking on more volunteers throughout the project so please check the Speaking Out project page for more opportunities.
We are looking for young women who’d like to find out more about either films, art, books, music, dance (or all of these!) by women artists and who’d like to learn how they can help GWL to reach more young women using blogging and social media.