Enjoy reading and talking? You could help

PUBLISHED: 10:45 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 June 2010

ST JOHN Ambulance Devon Library Service is seeking talkative library service volunteers in Exmouth.

ST JOHN Ambulance Devon Library Service is seeking talkative library service volunteers in Exmouth.

The free book-lending scheme is run by St John Ambulance at hospitals and residential homes across the county - however volunteers and managers say it's about a lot more than just reading books.

Pat Hamilton, a volunteer for many years at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, said it's also about friendship and company, not just reading

She said: "People want to talk, to tell you about their families, to share a cheeky joke or some banter, or to voice their worries and fears. We're a friendly face and sometimes the only person they speak to who is not a medical professional."

Fiona Bulley is one of two new Devon library service liaison advisors.

She said: "We are really keen to expand the service.

"Our volunteers are fantastic, but many of them are in their 80s or even older and we would like to use their expertise to train our new recruits.

"You might be retired, a mum, a student or a part-time worker - as long as you like a natter we'd like to hear from you!"

Anyone interested should contact Ken Griffiths on (01392) 822642.

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