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Library service for loney Fenland pensioners

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Lonely pensioners will be able to benefit from a library service.

Age UK Cambridgeshire Visiting Scheme is partnering with Cambridgeshire’s Library at Home Service to offer its clients the opportunity to also be a part of the library at home service .

The Visiting Scheme offers support to older people who find themselves isolated and lonely in later life. Support is in the form of weekly visits from a fully trained volunteer whose aim is to offer their time, friendship and help. Beverley Young partnership manager at Age UK Cambridgeshire said: “Each week we have over 300 volunteers visiting an older person in their home to chat about interests, hobbies, life events, share memories and general news.

“Many of these older people are housebound and have few visitors.

“The Library at Home service through the help of volunteers brings books and other materials to readers who can not get to a library and are missing out on the many resources they have available to continue enjoy reading, watching DVDs or listening to music.

“For example large print books, talking books, digital books, magazines, DVD’s & CD’s. Library volunteers visit the home of the reader once a month to deliver and regularly change books etc.

“It seems to be a natural extension of our visiting service which aims to reduce social isolation, to offer the library at home service so the older person can continue to enjoy reading and also receive another visitor.”

To find out more about Age UK Cambridgeshire Visiting Scheme or Cambridgeshire County Council Library at Home Service, or how to volunteer for either service and help an older person at home, please contact Dee Potter on 0300 666 9860 or Maggie Brown on 0345 045 5225.

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