A home library service is still running in Huddersfield thanks to the Royal Voluntary Service.

The volunteers have replaced the mobile libraries that used to travel around the Kirklees area but no longer exist.

This voluntary service delivers books to the doors of people who are unable to get to their local libraries, perhaps if they are disabled, have poor eyesight, are housebound, in long term care or are simply too frail.

It runs on a four-week rota and the volunteers also offer a befriending service to those needing the home library.

The people choose the books they want and the volunteers then pick them and bring them to their homes.

Service manager Pip Sidebottom said: “We can supply our clients with normal print, large print and audio books and we also provide jigsaws and dementia friendly material.

“The service is open to people of all ages. They may want to use the service all the time or for a short period, such as only in winter or when recovering from an illness.

“Our dedicated volunteers also offer a regular friendly face, chat and wellbeing check for anyone who may need it and signpost people to other council services that may be able to help them.”

For more information phone 01484 226363 or email home.libraryservice@kirklees.gov.uk

Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR (https://ah-pr.com/) specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.