Novel idea  - book delivery scheme launched in Scarborough and Filey

Scarborough and Filey Covid Community Response Hub have launched a book delivery scheme to keep readers well supplied whilst libraries are closed.

(L-R) Emily Tattershall and Sophie Hall (SWR Mind), Jackie Cammish and Julie Macey-Hewitt (Age Uk Scarborough & District), Colin Campbell (SWR Mind)
(L-R) Emily Tattershall and Sophie Hall (SWR Mind), Jackie Cammish and Julie Macey-Hewitt (Age Uk Scarborough & District), Colin Campbell (SWR Mind)

Participants will receive a doorstep delivery of books from their preferred genre, delivered by the volunteer team who will then return and collect the read books and drop off another parcel.

Returned books will be wiped down and isolated before being put back into circulation to ensure everyone’s safety.

Julie Macey-Hewitt, the lead co-coordinator for the Covid hub said: “We know a lot of people are struggling with missing their usual activities during lock-down and libraries are a lifeline for so many people who don’t have internet access and ebook readers at home.

“Whilst we can’t replace the amazing service libraries usually provide, we can at least make sure people have got a steady supply of reading material to keep themselves entertained.

“We’ve had a brilliant response from people donating books to the cause and a volunteer team ready to get going with deliveries for as long as they are needed.”

The scheme is open to anyone in the Scarborough and Filey area.

To arrange a book delivery, contact the hub on 01723 379058 and one of the team will sign you up, log your preferences for genres and then a package will be made up and delivered to your door.

If you have books you would like to donate, please get in touch on the same number and a volunteer will make arrangements to collect.

All books will be donated to local charity shops when the scheme comes to an end.

Scarborough and Filey Covid Community Response Hub is a partnership between Age UK Scarborough and District, Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind, YMCA Scarborough, Scarborough Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

The hub is there to support anyone needing extra help during this difficult time whether it be with practical errands such as prescription collection and shopping to advice and information on local suppliers, telephone befriending chats, community kitchen meals or dog walking.

People can register for help via the central support line on 01723 379058, by email at [email protected] or through the online portal.

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