National charity seeks help to run talking books scheme
VOLUNTEERS are needed to help a charity run a crucial scheme to allow blind people to have access to thousands of talking books.
The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) is looking for volunteers to work as a talking book support volunteer at their Peterborough office.
The charity is looking for volunteers to contact blind and partially sighted people who have used the talking book service in the past, but are no longer accessing the support.
Volunteers will then find out why they are not using the talking book service, and if they can do anything to help them, or if they no longer require the service, the charity can enable someone else in the local area to receive it instead.
The ideal candidates will have good communication skills, including the ability to relate to blind and partially sighted people in a warm and friendly manner, an inter- est in books and reading, the ability to work as part of a team, and a knowledge of Microsoft computer programmes.
Training will be given to successful volunteers.
The role will also require the volunteer to work between eight and 16 hours a month, during office hours at the charity’s base at Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough.
The talking books scheme has been run by the charity since 1935, and currently has more than 20,000 books in it’s library, all of which are read by a professional narrator. The service has more than 37,000 users across the country, with people of all ages having access to books from different genres.
For more information about the role, or to apply to volunteer call 0845 603 0575, or 01733 375 450.
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thanks: Sally Cook (left) and Pete Constanti (right) with from left, Dr Tim Jones, Dr David Woolf and Jacqui Rutterford.