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Volunteers wanted to help deliver books to Poole's older residents

Housebound Poole residents have the opportunity to receive library books delivered to their door for free, through the Royal Voluntary Service.

The Royal Voluntary Service helps over 100,000 older people across Britain to give them extra support which can be as little as having a cup of tea and a chat.

Maria Jacobson who runs the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) Home Delivery says,

“It is available to anyone who can’t get to the library themselves.”

The novel delivery service are looking for temporary or permanent volunteers to come forward to help deliver library books and audio books by spending 2-3 hours every three weeks.

All Poole libraries have their own team of volunteers but they still need more. There are currently 220 recipients for the book service, meaning that Poole needs 40 -45 volunteers to run the service efficiently.

The Poole Library Service fund a RVS coffee morning at the Branksome Library to raise attention to the service and to invite new volunteers to join.

Volunteers need to be trained, DBS checked and they could even be offered 45p a mile to fund their own transport when delivering the books. The service says they need volunteers from Branksome and Hamworthy areas however volunteers from other areas are also welcome.

Further enquiries can be directed to Maria Jacobson on 01305 236666 or 07786 635154 to become a volunteer for the RVS Home Delivery Service.