Cornwall Library Service

Cornwall Library ServicesThe Cornwall home library service is a partnership between Cornwall Library Service and Royal Voluntary Service, delivering books to 1,166 housebound people throughout the county, involving over 260 Royal Voluntary Service volunteers.

The service enhances the quality of life of housebound people and ensures that they are visited by someone who can spend time with them and check on their welfare.

Teams of Royal Voluntary Service volunteers work from 31 library branches, overseen on a day-to-day basis by the library managers.

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The key to the successful partnership is communication and shared information. Royal Voluntary Service volunteers feel part of the library teams and have great informal contact. In addition monthly newsletter and regular meetings ensure the service runs smoothly, offering an effective service.

"Royal Voluntary Service has been very supportive of our work, which is a lifeline to many clients."

Pam Martindale, Area Strategic Manager (West), Redruth Library

"Books on Wheels is a vital service, which shows the value of partnerships between public services and the voluntary sector, providing ‘food for the mind’ for those who are no longer able to visit their local library in person."

Jay Foote, Local Service Manager, Royal Voluntary Service


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