Make a difference this summer!

Reading Agency Summer Challenge 2015Are you looking for something to do this summer? Want to give back to your community? Do you like reading? Looking for great skills and experience for your personal statement or CV?
Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. The Summer Reading Challenge runs throughout the school summer holidays. Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge 2015 is produced by The Reading Agency, in association with Guinness World Records™ and delivered by libraries. Children can sign up at their local library, then read six library books of their choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way – all for FREE!

Reading Agency Summer Challenge 2015Last year the Challenge got three quarters of a million children across the UK into libraries to maintain their reading skills and confidence. Last year in Swindon 3,578 children joined the challenge and read a record 13,840 books throughout the summer – this year our target is to break through 14000!
If you are aged 14 and above, we really do need your help!

What will I get out of the experience?
• valuable work experience; especially good for those thinking of a career working with children.
• counts towards accreditation for CVs, UCAS applications etc.
• a reference for employment.
• the opportunity to develop confidence, social skills, employment opportunities and literacy skills.
• the opportunity to make a positive contribution to your community.
• a chance to make new friends.

What will I be doing as a volunteer?
Encouraging enrolment, talking to children about books they’ve read, giving out stickers, medals, certificates and helping with craft activities and events.
View/download the Swindon Libraries – Role Description – Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer
View/download a Swindon Libraries – Volunteer Registration Form

Flexible hours and times to suit & all training will be provided.
PLUS prize draw incentives and an end of event ‘volunteer celebration party’ to say “Thank You!”

Comments from previous volunteers when asked what were the best things about volunteering with us, included:

• “Clear training and easy access to help when needed”
• “Meeting some hilarious and wonderful people Watching children’s confidence in their reading grow week by week…I felt I was actually doing something productive.”
• “It has a lovely atmosphere, the staff are kind and helpful. The ability to meet new people and get experience working in the library. But mostly the chance to experience new things.”
• “Being an ex-teacher I was once again able to talk/listen to children which i enjoyed so much.”
• “Seeing the enjoyment the children had in telling me about the books they had read and promoting reading as I really enjoy it myself”

Record Breakers runs from 18th July to 6th September 2015.
Closing date for volunteers is Friday 19th June.

For more information and to apply ask at your local library, contact Rhonda Dempsie, Outreach Officer 01793463795 or e-mail:


Pictures © Dave Warren Picture Team 2015 for The Reading Agency and with thanks to Southwark Libraries, Canada Water Library and the children from Alfred Salter Primary School

The Reading Agency is an independent charity with a mission to give everyone an equal chance in life by helping people become confident and enthusiastic readers. It is funded by the Arts Council, and has a formal partnership with public library services.

For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge 2015 including how to get involved and resources for schools, go to
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