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Libraries at home - volunteers needed

From Felicity Harrison Principal Librarian, Culture and Environmental Protection West Berkshire Council

The West Berkshire At Home Service is a free service for West Berkshire residents. We deliver books and other library materials to people who find it hard to get out of their homes without help due to disability, illness, mobility or frailty. At Home Service customers have access to the same range of materials and services as library users, and the service is delivered every three weeks, by specially trained volunteers.

We are looking for individuals or pairs to volunteer for the At Home Service.  As a volunteer you would come to Newbury Library on a Wednesday to select books and other items requested by customers.Visits would take place at a time suitable for the volunteer and customer on a 3 weekly commitment. As part of the role, volunteers are free to socialise and befriend customers if they like, or to simply drop-off the items from the library. It's up to each volunteer how they want to approach the role.

Our volunteers need to be aged a minimum of 18. They need to have good "people skills", and be able to empathise with the needs of people who can't get out and about. It's helpful to have a good interest in books, but we'll offer guidance and support to help you.
Volunteers need their own car with business use insurance (you can normally add this to an existing policy without an increase to your premium). We'll pay you a mileage allowance, training will be given.  Two references are required and a *DBS check will be carried out before you can start volunteering.

If you are interested in volunteerin then please then please contact gtaylor [at] westberks.gov.uk tel: 01635 519533. Apply on line at www.westberks.gov.uk/volunteer.

*The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

 

 

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