Calling book lovers! A popular home library service run by Royal Voluntary Service, the national volunteering organisation, is calling for more readers to use the free service across Devon.
Devon Home Library Service brings books to people who no longer get to a library due to mobility issues, ill health or caring responsibilities. Royal Voluntary Service volunteers choose and deliver books, sharing their love of reading with their ‘readers’ Volunteers bringing books to readers’ homes are a friendly face and regular visitor to people whose mobility and social interaction may be limited. They also provide a useful check on the safety and well-being of the person.
Provision can be long term or temporary, including those who may suffer a condition whereby they can visit the library themselves on a good day whereas at other times, cannot. Readers may be able to visit their local library to choose books or order them online but struggle to carry them home.
Books can be provided in normal print, large print, audio and, increasingly, electronic formats.
Cathy Saunders, Service Manager for Devon Home Library Service says: “For people who enjoy reading or listening to an audio recording but find getting to the library challenging, this service offers a vital link to books. It helps them carry on doing something they’ve always enjoyed, assisting in alleviating feelings of isolation and loneliness. We want to reach more rural areas of the county, too link even more people to local libraries enabling them to benefit from the free service we offer”