This week in our Spotlight on Volunteers features, we speak to some of the volunteers at St Neots Library.

Between them, Sandra Brazier and Linda Friend have been volunteering at St Neots Library for more than 20 years.

The ladies, along with other volunteers, help elderly people who may be struggling to come to terms with new technology.

What kind of volunteering do you do at the library?

Sandra told us: "On a day-to-day basis we help set up emails and social media, such as Facebook and WhatsApp, for elderly people.

"We help with laptops, phones and iPads, and we explain how to use Microsoft Word and other apps. 

"Myself and other volunteers all share our knowledge between us to solve most of the problems."

How many volunteers are there, and how often do they work?

Liz Graham, a district library assistant, said that volunteers have a "variety of roles" at St Neots Library.

"As well as our digital buddies, Linda and Sandra, volunteers; help at the wide range of library events for all ages, run rhyme time sessions for families with young children, and help tidy away books and greet customers."

Liz added that volunteers generally "offer an hour or two per week depending on the role.

"Young people also volunteer with us, sometimes as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, helping with events and activities and also during the summer to help with our annual Summer Reading Challenge.

"Many of our volunteers help in the library, but we also have volunteers who deliver books and offer companionship to housebound customers."

What does volunteering mean to you?

Linda Friend told us: "What does volunteering mean to me? 

"Well, it's very satisfying to be able to help people get to grips with new technology and to see their skills improving.

"I have met so many new people since I started volunteering and I'm very proud to have helped them learn a new skill."

Sandra added: "I think I get as much out of volunteering as the people who come in for help do.

"It's great to see them improving each week and gaining in confidence with their mobile phones, tablets and ipads.

"Like Linda, I have also met some lovely people, so hopefully a few more will drop in if they need any help, or are struggling to come to terms with new technology."

The Hunts Post: Sandra, Linda and Kay with Barry Ruffles, who visited the IT drop in. Sandra, Linda and Kay with Barry Ruffles, who visited the IT drop in. (Image: St Neots Library)

Where would you be without your volunteers?

Liz said: "Volunteers are a valued part of the library team.

"They help us run a fantastic range of events and activities for all ages, helping customers and supporting library staff.

"All of our volunteers offer their time and their skills to help make libraries welcoming, friendly and vibrant places, and make a difference in their local community."

Are you on the lookout for volunteers? What skills do they need?

"We are looking for people with all kinds of skills and backgrounds who are happy to give their time to help out their local community.

"Volunteering with your local library is a great way to make new friends, inspire others and make a difference!

"Visit our website to find out about current opportunities."

A library volunteering application form is available on the website.

Cambridgeshire Libraries will be in touch once they receive the form.

Roles include delivering books, becoming a digital buddy, or being a Read a Little Aloud for Adults.

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