Enthusiastic volunteers of all ages are needed to bring a lottery-funded project to life in Medway.

The Red Reading and Reminiscence Box Project will see volunteers running reading and reminiscence activities in residential homes, day care centres, sheltered housing and hospices.

The project is being delivered by CSV, the UK’s leading training and volunteering charity, in partnership with Kent Libraries and Archives’ Red Box scheme, which inspired the project’s name, and Medway Council.

The Red Box scheme currently involves approximately 244 care establishments across Kent and Medway, who subscribe to the service and receive boxes of library items and reminiscence materials on long-term loans.

Currently seven locations in Medway are awaiting volunteer. They are:

• Walter Brice Day Centre, High Halstow
• Macklands House, Rainham
• Medway Age Concern, Gillingham and Strood • Pembroke House, Gillingham • Byron Lodge Nursing Home, Gillingham • Kingsdale Court, Chatham • The Grange Residential Home, Hoo

CSV Project Manager Laura Piper is enthusiastic about the project’s potential to change lives. She said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to make a big difference to the lives of older people who may be feeling lonely and isolated, or who would appreciate the chance to meet new people and take part in different activities. In turn, the volunteers will be gaining valuable skills while making a positive impact on the wellbeing of older members of their communities. ”

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Red Reading and Reminiscence Box volunteer, then please contact Laura Piper on 01622 230722 or email lpiper@csv.org.uk

Medway Libraries volunteers help deliver the red boxes to the residential homes and are interested in anyone else who would like to help.

For details email gwynne.grant@medway.gov.uk or phone 01634 337340.

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