This week (20-24 November) is #iwillweek, a UK-wide celebration of young people’s social action and volunteering. This year, over 7,700 young volunteers aged 13-24 gave their time in libraries to support the Summer Reading Challenge. They helped 761,758 children read more over the summer holidays, and enjoyed reading more themselves at the same time.
Volunteering can give you the opportunity to share your skills and give back to your community, but it’s also a great opportunity to learn new things and get valuable work experience. Here’s just some of the feedback we received from Reading Hack volunteers who supported this year’s Challenge:
“I have felt much more involved in the local community. I am meeting more people and helping to organise the kind of event I wouldn’t know was happening two years ago. I feel I am part of something greater.”
“The more you do, the more confident you become.”
“The skills I’ve learnt could probably be put towards a job in the future”
“I struggle with anxiety so doing the volunteer program was going to be hard, but being a volunteer has helped me overcome my fears.”
“Doing this will help me when I go to college next year, as I want to work with children.”
“This is my fifth year volunteering and I love every second.”
Ask about volunteering opportunities at your local library; most libraries are happy for young people to get involved throughout the year.