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Anne MacKinnon

Anne MacKinnon - ENABLE Volunteer​

Anne MacKinnon has volunteered at Fortune Works, a centre in Drumchapel that provides training, education and social opportunities for people who have learning disabilities, for more than 12 years. Anne was a recent chairperson of the Glasgow Parents and Carer’s Committee and has been volunteering with ENABLE Scotland for a number of years.

It wasn’t until her father passed away in 1990 that she became more actively involved and sat on committees within the organisation. Her mother was also a volunteer in the very early days of the organisation.

Anne’s brother, Peter, had a learning disability and died at the age of 33. Anne and her family grew up in a very supportive and compassionate neighbourhood, which ensured Peter did not endure bullying or discrimination. 

“Nobody was ever nasty to Peter. We didn’t have to put up with any bullying. Unfortunately that is not the norm. We were very lucky,” said Anne.

Volunteering at Fortune Works at least once a week, Anne uses her skills as a former computer systems engineer to help support people within the centre.

Anne understands how important Fortune Works is to people who have learning disabilities. Not only does the service offer work opportunities, it also provides a support network and a place to meet people and have fun.

“It’s like a big family. It’s a friendship, an extended support network, from which people gain a lot,” explained Anne. 

Anne also volunteers at a club on Thursday nights. The club runs discos, bingo, arts and crafts, pool, table tennis and many other activities.

Volunteering at Fortune Works and other ENABLE Scotland projects helps Anne to get into perspective the stresses and strains of everyday life.

“You can be feeling sorry for yourself but five minutes inside the door of Fortune Works and you’ve forgotten what was upsetting you. It’s marvellous!”

Find out more about volunteering with ENABLE Scotland​ here.​

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