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Find out about summer volunteering

23 May 2017

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Do you want to gain new skills and experience that will look great on your CV? Do you want to meet new people? Do you want to help children enjoy reading? Want to give back to your community? By volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge you’re achieving all these things.

Okay… What exactly is the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday.

What will I be doing as a volunteer?

There are loads of different ways to help with the Challenge. Some of the things volunteers do include:

  • Helping staff to run the Challenge
  • Talking to children about the books they’ve been reading
  • Creating exciting library displays
  • Planning and running activities or craft sessions
  • Planning and running celebration events for other volunteers

What will I get out of the experience?

  • valuable work experience
  • a reference for employment
  • new friends
  • the opportunity to develop confidence, social skills, employment opportunities and literacy skills
  • the chance to make a positive contribution to your community

How can I get involved?

The Summer Reading Challenge runs in most libraries, so just drop in to the one you want to volunteer in and ask if they have any opportunities for you to get involved this summer. Libraries start to recruit for the challenge from March, but some may have opportunities year round.

Sign up to record your skills and volunteering hours and share what you’re doing with other young people across the UK.

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