Posted on 13th March 2020 at 11:16
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.”
Volunteering could mean playing Scrabble, doing crosswords, or reading books, magazines or newspapers. Other volunteers have accompanied service users to the theatre, museums, art galleries and even the live opera screenings at local cinemas. Shopping could involve a trip to a supermarket or to the main MK Centre. There are regular coffee-mornings to meet up with other volunteers and service users.
Tracy Harrold, the charity’s co-ordinator says, “We are really keen to put people in touch with each other on a local basis. We offer full training and all expenses are paid by the charity. If you think you could spare some time, we would really love to hear from you. Just an hour a week can make such a difference to our service users.”
For more information on our service or becoming a volunteer, please call us on 01908 231123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org