Over 40 library volunteers celebrated the new year in style with an awards ceremony at Merton’s Heritage Centre on Wednesday 12 January.
Awards were presented for long standing service and exceptional contribution to people that take on a wide variety of roles, such as Meeting and Greeting, supporting children’s activities and delivering the Home Visits Library Service.
In total there are 97 volunteers, with 69 signing up since April 2010. Opportunities are expanding and a wide variety of skills are being sought from within our communities. Volunteering positions offer valuable work experience for people of any age, whether for students or those returning to work. The roles also offer those with a variety of skills, such as IT, languages, dance and photography the opportunity to assist others.
Richard Howells has volunteered at Raynes Park Library for the past four years, instructing residents on computers and using the internet. Mr Howells said “Volunteers connect the library with the community. The officers do a great job but the volunteers have time to talk and laugh with the library users. I like meeting different people of all ages and helping them understand computers and the internet. In my retirement, volunteering is really fulfilling and satisfying.”
Cabinet member for communities and culture, Councillor Martin Whelton said “Our libraries offer a wide range to services to residents and our dedicated volunteers add real value to the customer experience. These people who give up their time and specialist skills make a real positive impact on our community and it’s great to see the numbers continually growing. I’d like to thank each and every one of them and congratulate them on their recent awards”.
To find out more about volunteering at libraries visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/libraries or call 020 8545 3783.
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