Na­tional char­ity seeks help to run talk­ing books scheme

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can email vol­un­teer­

thanks: Sally Cook (left) and Pete Con­stanti (right) with from left, Dr Tim Jones, Dr David Woolf and Jac­qui Rut­ter­ford.

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