Volunteering

  • Are you retired, unemployed or a student, or have you some spare time and looking for something different to do?
  • Are you wanting to support your local community?
  • Do you like reading?
  • Are you looking for great skills and experience for your personal statement or CV?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above and are aged 14 and above, we need you! 

We have a great group of volunteers who offer some of their time on a regular basis to support activities within the library services but we are always looking for more people to join us.

Some of our volunteer roles include

  • leading our English Conversation Clubs
  • helping our users with IT
  • assisting Storytimes
  • aiding staff with shelving

 

If you are interested in learning more about the roles available, join us at a Volunteer Recruitment Evening,  future dates can be found here: ‘Volunteer to help your local library’

 

If you are available throughout July and August and can spare a couple of hours a week, we are always looking for volunteers to support the Summer Reading Challenge.  

The Summer Reading Challenge runs annually throughout the school summer holidays. It is produced by The Reading Agency, and delivered by libraries.

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.

Illustrations ©Tony Ross for The Reading Agency

What will I get out of volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge?

  • 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.

 

 

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”

If you have any queries and would like to contact us about Summer Reading Challenge Volunteering in 2018 please complete your details

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