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Helping Others

2 December 2015

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What is volunteering?

Volunteering (also called social action) involves doing something practical for other people to change their lives, community, or society for the better. It can include:
- giving unpaid help at a local club, organisation or place of worship,
- raising money for charity, organising a petition or event to support a local or national issue
- an activity to help other people or improve the local community.

Reading Hack volunteering involves helping others read more, such as through helping children complete the Summer Reading Challenge, or giving books out in your local community for World Book Night to people who don’t read regularly or who have lost the love of reading. You might also like to get involved with your local library to see what other reading related opportunities they have, as some libraries will have year-round opportunities.

Why do it?

Volunteering is a great way to get skills and experience which can help you with applications to to college or university, further employment or simply your personal confidence and wellbeing. It’s also a great way to get involved in your local community and feel like you’re making a positive change. Getting involved in reading-related volunteering can help others feel the benefits that reading for pleasure can bring and may even increase your own enjoyment of reading!

Check out these videos from comedian Holly Walsh about what skills you can get from volunteering:

Sounds great! How do I get involved?

Keep an eye on the Reading Hack website for the latest volunteering recruitment call-outs. Volunteers for the Summer Reading Challenge are usually recruited through the libraries between April and June. World Book Night volunteers can apply from November each year.

Great hacks to do as a volunteer

If you’re already volunteering for Reading Hack there are plenty of hacks to help you on your way. When searching for hacks or hack designs make sure you tick the box ‘hacks for volunteers’ to find activities that are great to do in the library, such as ideas to get children engaged in reading or creative ways to hand out books on World Book Night. You might even have your own great idea that volunteers can do, so be sure to tick ‘activity for volunteers’ when adding your hack designs.