A group of volunteers received an award from the High Sheriff of Dorset.

A group of Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) volunteers welcomed High Sheriff Anthony Woodhouse at the Dorchester library.

Mr Woodhouse presented the Royal Voluntary Long Service Award to many of the volunteers in recognition of their contributions to the Home Library Service - lasting from five years to an incredible 20 years.

Mr Woodhouse - who is the King’s representative in his role as High Sheriff - learned about the service which is run by the volunteers, delivering books to those who are unable to get to the library due to health or mobility issues. 

High Sheriffs play an increasingly active role in promoting the voluntary sector within their communities and highlighting the work of unsung heroes. 

Mr Woodhouse thanked all of the volunteers for their work and the difference they made to the community. 

He said: “People often feel isolated from society and experience real loneliness when it is difficult or impossible to go out.”

A spokesperson for the RVS group said: “He showed great empathy, saying that people can often feel isolated from society and sometimes experience real loneliness when it is difficult or impossible for them to go out.

"He understood how much they appreciate a familiar face and how much they look forward to receiving some new books free of charge.”

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from this service, or you would like to become a volunteer and would like to learn more, contact Maria Jacobson, the HLS service manager on 01305 236666 or email her at maria.jacobson@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk