Home Library service to expand

A popular Home Library Service run by the Royal Voluntary Service is looking to grow its service in West Dorset.

Dorset Home Library Service brings books and talking books to people who cannot get to a library, long or short term.

The Home Library Service in West Dorset operates from Bridport, Beaminster, Lyme Regis and Dorchester.

Our volunteers choose and deliver books every 3 weeks, and share their love of reading with the people they visit; they are a friendly face and a regular visitor to people whose mobility and social interaction are limited. They provide a useful check on the safety and well-being of their readers too.

Maria Jacobson, Service Manager for Dorset Home Library Service, says: “For people who enjoy reading or listening to audio recordings but find getting out of the house challenging, this service offers a vital link to the local library. It enables them to carry on doing something they’ve always enjoyed and helps alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness. We want to be able to link even more people to local libraries, which is why we are promoting the service widely.”

Royal Voluntary Service is one of Britain’s largest volunteering charities with over 25.000 volunteers supporting thousands of older people each month in hospitals and the community. The focus is on building confidence, improving well-being and keeping loneliness at bay through an array of social activities and more structured support. The charity is also one of the largest retailers in the NHS, with its network of cafes and shops providing a valued haven in hospitals.

To find out more about the Home Library Service, call Maria Jacobson on 01305 236666, email: maria.jacobson@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk, visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk, or speak to staff at your local library.