New Volunteer Opportunity in Dumfries


Reading and talking about books in a supportive group can improve well being, improve skills and even be inspirational. Could you help the library’s national lifelong learning programme develop a reading circle for women in the Dumfries area?

GWL has a range of national resources for women, including a satellite book collection in the Ewart library in Dumfries. We hope to develop a women’s reading circle where women can read and discuss books from GWL’s collection and maybe offer a few suggestions themselves about books by women authors which they have found helpful or inspirational. We need a locally based woman who can help our national team in supporting a reading circle which will meet on a monthly basis in Dumfries. This is a chance to make new friends, discover new women authors, develop your own skills and also help other women improve their skills and confidence in reading.

This role will involve:

Communicating with potential group members by phone/e-mail or face to face

Supporting the group at monthly meetings in talking about and exchanging books

Occassional attendance at events and distribution of publicity to promote the group

A commitment of approx 2-3 hours per week (flexible)

Volunteers should have good communication skills, experience or an interest in working with groups in the community, the ability to motivate and encourage women from all backgrounds, the ability to work on their own initiative and an interest in reading and books.

Travelling expenses (public transport rate ) will be covered and regular support will be given through our national lifelong learning team. To apply or for more information contact Morag Smith on 0141 248 9969 or e-mail





  • Posted 16th January, 2012 at 10:48 am | Permalink
    F Mackay

    Looks great – but why are travel expenses only at public transport rate? Dumfries and Galloway is such a rural area, the prospective volunteer may well need to use a car and reclaim petrol expenses?

    • Posted 16th January, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your comment – it’s a very good point! Paying travelling expenses at public transport rate tends to be the standard policy with our volunteers but I’m sure we could be flexible with this and if a volunteer was using their car for this particular position we should be able to cover petrol expenses.


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