A POPULAR home library service is looking to grow its readership in the Bridport area and a couple of volunteers to help.

Run by the Royal Voluntary Service, the national volunteering organisation, the Home Library Service brings books to people who can no longer get to a library and currently operates from most libraries in Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth.

Volunteers deliver books and share their love of reading with the people they visit.

They can be a regular visitor and friendly face for those whose mobility and social interactions are limited, as well as providing a useful check on the safety and wellbeing of their readers.

One of the readers said: “It is an excellent service. It is a real delight when it is hard to get to the library oneself.

“The volunteer is so friendly and they may be the only person I shall see all day.”

The Home Library Service is delivered free of charge and is not only for older people, but for anyone who finds getting to the library difficult, including carers.

Maria Jacobson, service manager for Dorset Home Library Service, said: “For people who enjoy reading or listening to an audio recording but find getting out of the house challenging, this service offers a vital link to help the local library.

“The service enables them to carry on doing something they have always enjoyed and helps alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness.”

Bridport Home Library Service is currently looking for another volunteer or two to join the team.

They would particularly welcome people who are confident drivers on the narrow roads around Bridport.

To find out more or to request the service, contact the Royal Voluntary Service on 01305 236666 or email Maria on maria.jacobson@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

Alternatively speak to staff at Bridport Library.