Reader service in Milton Keynes appeals for sight impaired users

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A reading service that is a lifeline to visually-impaired people is appealing for volunteers – and new members.

MK Reader Service volunteers help members with everything from reading books and newspapers to writing letters and shopping.

MK Reader Service began 28 years ago. It has not stopped growing, but organisers are worried there are still visually-impaired people in Milton Keynes who do not know about the service.

Co-ordinator Karen Preece said: “Most people don’t think twice about opening their mail and reading it but for people with sight impairment it presents a whole host of problems.

“We have trained volunteers who are happy to help by visiting people in their own homes and read to them or guide them round shopping centres and supermarkets.

“Our services help towards many sight impaired people leading an independent life.”

A special programme on RNIB Connect Radio is to be devoted to MK Reader Service on Monday, December 19 at 1pm.

You can listen to it on FM or Freeview channel 730 or you can download it on itunes.

Anybody interested in helping or joining can call 01908 231123 or email mkreaderservice@yahoo.co.uk