More volunteers needed at retirement village library

Posted on Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 5:55 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of volunteers Merle Bathe-Taylor and Janet Bacon in the library.

The new Stoke Gifford Retirement Village (SGRV), situated just off Coldharbour Lane, is in desperate need of more volunteers to work in its community library as well as other areas within the village.

The activities and facilities available to both the residents of the village and the wider community are mostly led by volunteers; either the residents themselves or members of the public. Having sufficient numbers of volunteers is therefore vital in keeping the activities running.

Laura Jones is the volunteer organiser at SGRV and she oversees recruiting and managing volunteers for the 70+ roles available. Although she already has numerous volunteers, particularly from the nearby University of the West of England, she is still in need of many more.

As the library is part of South Gloucestershire Libraries, anyone with an ‘Active’ card (resident or non-resident) can request, borrow and return books and DVDs at this library, or any of the other South Gloucestershire libraries. However, it is currently only able to open two mornings and one afternoon a week due to the low number of people able to work there.

Volunteering at the library would involve a variety of duties, including welcoming library customers and identifying their individual needs, actively seeking to meet those needs and to enable customers to make full use of the facilities available. Staff also support the systems and policies for the loan and management of stock, including self-service and use a variety of resources to provide information, including online services.

Merle Bathe-Taylor, one of the members of staff at the library, would recommend volunteering there as she says:

“I enjoy helping people and being able to assist with their queries. It’s lovely to see visitors in the village using the facilities and being able to show them the work we do. Also, it’s important to feel valued and to have a purpose in retirement. My role means that I meet new people and remain active in life.”

Janet Bacon, another volunteer, added:

“I enjoy the variety of the role and being able to meet and talk to lots of different people.”

If working in the library doesn’t sound like the right role for you, there are plenty of other volunteering opportunities available at the village. At the moment they are particularly in need of activity assistants, inter-generational playgroup assistants, gym assistants and receptionists. You do not need to have any previous experience to volunteer for any of these roles.

If you would like to find out more about the volunteering roles available at the village, please contact Laura Jones at volunteering@extracare.org.uk or call 0117 332 5440. You can also attend their Volunteering Recruitment Fair which is taking place at the village on Thursday 6th June between 10am and 2pm. The fair is open to everyone and will provide the chance to discuss the volunteering roles available as well as meeting some of the staff and seeing the facilities at The Village. There will also be literature about the roles and volunteer applications available to take away for consideration.

This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 25). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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