Please share your stories of Transformation

A4 card with a pattern of pink lines. There is a collage of images which read "A 'what if' gently spoken- possibility"

As we mark 30 years of GWL we’re inviting people who have come into contact with GWL at any point in the past three decades to share the impact the organisation has had on them.  It could be a book you borrowed, someone you met, an idea you came across, a feeling you had, something which inspired you, a decision you made, or new adventure you embarked upon. How has GWL transformed you, your community, your life?

We are collecting these stories as a way of capturing the myriad ways GWL has transformed the lives of visitors, volunteers, supporters, partners, and the wider community.  Your contribution will be added to the archive and, with your permission, be shared on our social media, website and other media. Please let us know if you would rather your name was not used.

A5 card with a collage of images: an opened book, a cut our heart, and the words: "have courage, "be positive" and "Good friends, good books"

What to do next?

Step 1: Download and print* one of the cards below and decorate it with words, marks, drawing, collage or anything you like to tell your story. Be as creative as you like, whatever you do, we’ll love it!

Step 2: On the back of the card please:

  • Tell us a bit about your creation by completing the sentence “This represents….”
  • Give us your name (as you would like us to use it)
  • Give us consent to use your contributions in the following ways:
  1. added to GWL’s archive and available for users of the archive for their research and/or non-commercial purposes
  2. used by GWL in our research, for consultation and archive purposes
  3. used by GWL for educational purposes, including talks, written publications, exhibitions, broadcasts, social media and website

Step 3: Either:

  • Please post it back to us at 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow, G40 1BP

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

*You can also pick up one of these cards when you visit us next or, if you’re not able to make it to GWL, we can post one to you. Please provide us with your full name and address using this form [Google form] and we’ll get it out to you as soon as possible.

Download one of these cards:

To find out more about how GWL has transformed lives please visit this page.


  • Posted 23rd June, 2022 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Just wanted to thank you for your help with the computer, and for all the nice ladies I met over the years there previously. I also liked the decor and design of your current premises, together with the cute garden. I am interested in maybe volunteering there at some time in the future, health permitting, and find your organisation friendly, approachable, encouraging and all inclusive. Thanks again, and good luck in all business and commercial work for the future.

    • Posted 24th June, 2022 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for all this generous feedback Maria. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Warm wishes.

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