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Call for more older people to take advantage of vital Somerset service

Older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service is calling on local people in Somerset to take advantage of its Books on Wheels service, a scheme that delivers library books to those who find getting out and about difficult.

Royal Voluntary Service volunteers take the time to get to know those who use the service and hand-pick a selection of books which suit their taste, to take to them a number of times a month.

Those who use the service not only receive a number of books to enjoy; they also develop a friendship with the volunteer who delivers the books.

Joan Privett, 93, has come to love reading since getting out of the house has proved difficult for her and she has developed a close relationship with Hillary Timms, who volunteers at the service. Joan said, “Reading means a great deal, it takes up my time and makes the day go quicker. I can go into another world and lose all sense of time.”

Kirsty Jensson, service manager, Somerset Home Library Service said,: “This is a really vital service for older people in the community.  Choosing a few books and taking them round to someone who finds getting out the house difficult, might not seem like much, but it makes a massive difference to the older people who use the service.

“Our volunteers are fantastic and they really enjoy what they do; and those who use the service really look forward to their visits.”

Those who are interested in finding out more about the service can contact Kirsty on 07919 540487.

Royal Voluntary Service supports over 100,000 older people each month to stay independent in their own homes for longer with tailor made solutions.

Through its army of 40,000 volunteers, the charity runs services such as Good Neighbours (companionship), Meals-on-Wheels and Books-on-Wheels that alleviate loneliness and help older people. Royal Voluntary Service also provides practical support for older people who have been in hospital through its On Ward Befriending and Home from Hospital services.