Thursday, May 30, 2024

Help the Thurrock library home-link programme

THURROCK Council is on the lookout for people to join and support its library Homelink programme.

Many people believe the service is only for the housebound, but Homelink is a free service delivering library items to people who find it difficult to get to a library and for those who have a physical mobility issue – so if carrying heavy books is a problem, the service could be for you.

Likewise, if someone has sight impairment and does not feel confident about going out, Homelink could be the answer.

Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr John Kent, said: “When we looked at the future of the library service earlier this year I was really impressed by how the Homelink service has worked over many years.

“We agreed to closing down the mobile library – it hadn’t worked for ten of the preceding 12 months and we got just one complaint – and to expand Homelink, it’s a more personal service.

“So now we’re on the lookout both for more people to make use of the service and for more volunteers to join those who already provide the service.

“At the moment there are 12 rounds in the borough and just over 100 customers, but there is room for more of both. All nine libraries have Homelink rounds supported by trained library volunteers.”

He added: “By delivering large print, talking books, DVDs and CDs once a month to our customers across Thurrock you will be contributing to their enjoyment of life.”

To join, or if you know somebody who is eligible, contact your local library – it is free and libraries offer books in large print and on CD.

At the moment the council is particularly looking for relief volunteers to cover holiday and sickness and there is a vacancy in the South Ockendon area.

Anybody wishing to volunteers needs a current driving licence and access to a car (mileage expenses are paid for this role). They must complete a Disclosure and barring Service (DBS) check. Application forms and a role description are online at


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