EACH of Thurrock’s nine static libraries has at least one “Home Link” round which provides services to people who cannot get in to visit their local library.
Thurrock Council is now on the lookout for relief volunteers to support library staff delivering items.
Every Home-Link round has up to a dozen people – including residential homes – receive library books, CDs and DVDs monthly, delivered by two volunteers.
Home-Link volunteers are crucial for those who can feel isolated due to ill-health or age issues, but who want to keep their minds active and connected through reading or listening to talking books.
The volunteers spend approximately two hours once a month carrying out the service and are usually based at one library. However, Thurrock Council’s library service is also looking for relief volunteers who are able to drive and available during the day (usually weekday mornings).
They are called upon when a regular volunteer is unavailable. Many relief volunteers eventually become regular volunteers and enjoy visiting the residents who value the service.