Books on Wheels reaches out to wider audience

PUBLISHED: 13:38 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 15 June 2010

A VOLUNTARY service, which has proven a lifeline to many housebound people across East Devon, is reaching out to a wider audience.

A VOLUNTARY service, which has proven a lifeline to many housebound people across East Devon, is reaching out to a wider audience.Books on Wheels, operated by the Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) and supported by Devon County Council, is available to those recovering from illness, anything from an operation to a broken limb, and not just those who are elderly and infirm.Pat Bansal, the Books on Wheels organiser for Honiton, says Talking Books and publications in large print are all part of the service."I've got plenty of volunteers, but could do with more clients," she told the Herald.No fewer than 12 volunteers are on stand-by to visit clients in their own homes on a regular basis."It is another person the client sees on a regular basis and, in general, we tend to make friends with our clients," said Mrs Bansal.She formerly worked at Honiton Library and knows how much people who can no longer get to the library appreciate the free home delivery service."We are prepared to go to the villages around Honiton. I've got a willing band of volunteers," she said.An elderly client of the service, who is vulnerable, told the Herald: "I am a seriously disabled person and I'm in a wheelchair."I am very grateful to the kind WRVS lady who brings me library books, because I enjoy reading. I am indoors a lot of the time."The WRVS runs similar Books on Wheels services from libraries in Axminster and Sidmouth.Volunteers liaise with clients and local libraries in a bid to deliver books.Volunteers receive a mileage allowance from the county council.To find out more about Books on Wheels, call (01404) 42818.


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