Hello. My name is Maureen Webb and I have been a volunteer with Living Paintings for six months. As an avid reader myself I can only imagine how it must be to lose that ability. If I can help someone to share my joy of books, by giving a few hours of my time, that is great.
I knew of Living Paintings through my husband, Len, who has been a volunteer for several years. He does the line drawings and carvings which are used to make the thermoforms (tactile pictures).
I help Maria with the Touch to See Book Clubs which, if you don’t know, are where a group of blind, partially sighted and sighted people meet to use Living Paintings’ books. The Book Club resources have ten copies of each thermoform, instead of just the one, so they can all join in. There is an accompanying audio on CD or USB. We have over 200 Touch to See Book Clubs.
My main job is checking the books that are being borrowed by the Touch to See Book Clubs in and out. I also help with other things such as telephone calls and admin. I really enjoy feeling I am doing something that makes a difference to the Book Club members’ quality of life.
If you’d like to join our group of highly valued volunteers then call Sasha on 01635 299771 or fill in our online form.