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Volunteers from Age COncern on the left, the Reading Point on the right and Martina Scheurer in the centre.

When different associations come together to help others, it is a testament to how good will and consideration is still very much alive, as many strive to help those in need.

Those considerations came to light this week, when members of Age Concern who operate on the Orihuela Costa presented the Reading Point at the Civic Centre with a huge number of audio books, and a piece of electronic equipment which will help the visually impaired to enjoy reading once again.

Numerous boxes of cassettes were delivered, all original and all in near perfect condition, that the volunteers of Age Concern had been collecting. They handed them to another group of volunteers, the ones who give up their time to provide all of the necessary facilities of the reading point for the coastal residents to enjoy.

Everything from classic literature to classic comedy, as well as some modern greats were in the collection, which are not only available for lenders who may have difficulty reading, audio books are also extremely popular amongst the many fans who simply put them on in the background whilst carrying out other functions, either around the home, at the beach, and even in some case, whilst at work.

In addition to the books, Age Concern also donated a “Smart View 3000”, an electronic assistant reading device which uses a video camera and lens to magnify items onto a screen. Whatever it is that needs to be amplified, this equipment can display it on the screen, allowing those who might struggle, even because of the eyes getting a little older, to read everything in crystal clear text.

Costing thousands of pounds to buy, the equipment was donated to Age Concern, who immediately thought that the best place to benefit would be the reading point, thus allowing more people to take advantage of a piece of equipment not available in many other similar places.

Attending the centre to oversee the delivery, the Councillor for the Coast, Martina Scheurer, no only praised the generous donation from both Age Concern and the people who gave the items in the first place, but also the work of the volunteers in the centre, pointing out how it is “run entirely by volunteers, with no town hall staff involved”, and thus is operated at the minimum cost to the municipality, for the maximum benefit to the residents.

Since opening its doors to the residents of Orihuela, the reading point has continued to steadily grow in interest and membership, now boasting 83 fully signed up users of the library facility. The centre still needs more volunteers however, in order to cope with the increasing demand, so if you have some time to spare and would like to assist in this multinational community based initiative, call into the town hall or the reading point and ask for information.

As the summer is about to take hold, much like most municipal buildings, the centre will be closing from the 20th of June until the 9th of September, but that will give you plenty of time to consider either helping out in the centre, or just becoming a member and benefitting from a huge range of books, both written and in audio format, an archive of magazine in digital form, language learning course, information leaflets and more, in a centre which has now become one so important to many of the residents on the Orihuela Costa.

Age Concern operate a weekly “drop-in” facility at the Orihuela Costa town hall, every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 until 13:30, to answer any questions you have about life in Spain, to help in any way they can, and to recruit more volunteers and donations, whilst tirelessly serving the senior generations of the Orihuela Costa.

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