Last Thursday night saw several members of the library’s invaluable WRVS volunteers being honoured for their long service. At the event in the City Chambers some of the Edinburgh Books on Wheels volunteers were presented with medals including David Colvin, a volunteer of 20 years and Grace Aithie of 27 years. The Books on Wheels service delivers books to housebound readers every two weeks and also provides a Library Link service which escorts readers to the library. Without the dedication of the WRVS volunteers there would be no housebound services and these provide a vital lifeline for some older people in reducing isolation and loneliness. As well as books the volunteers always deliver a friendly face and some much needed chat!
The library now has 148 volunteers who give 10,280 hours of their time to housebound and Library Link readers. If you’d like to find out about volunteering to help with the Books on Wheels service please ask at your local library.