Do you like reading and/or shopping?
Do you have a couple of hours a week to spare?
If so, there is the perfect opportunity for you to make new friends and do some worthwhile voluntary work via the Milton Keynes Reader Service. Many of us are unaware of the difficulties such relatively basic tasks as managing mail and shopping pose to those with a visual impairment, let alone the attendant transport issues. How do you choose greetings cards or the correct sized clothing or even the preferred brands of food items?
MKRS has been training and introducing volunteers to service users for 30 years and has generated many long-standing friendships along the way. Take Shirley, who uses our service and greatly looks forward to her weekly visits from Helen . Helen talks Shirley through all her correspondence and assists her where necessary. Over the past 12 months, the pair have become firm friends.
Shirley says, “Since losing my husband, Helen has been an absolute life-line. She visits me every week and deals with all my reading material. We also manage a bit of a chat which means we have built up a lovely friendship over the months. She has helped me retain a level of independence which would have been otherwise impossible.”