Volunteering for young people

Summer volunteering for young people age 14+

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Applications are now open for our Summer Reading Challenge volunteer programme 2024

Deadline  - 19th July 2024. No applications will be accepted after this date.

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Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer role that will help develop your skills?

We are looking for young people age 14+, who can commit to a minimum of 15 hours of volunteering, to support the Summer Reading Challenge in local libraries. Share your passion for reading and libraries by encouraging and supporting children to complete the Summer Reading Challenge. Your enthusiasm will inspire them to develop a reading habit that will benefit their wellbeing throughout their life. If you love chatting about books, are happy to engage with customers (especially our younger ones) and would enjoy the buzz of the library at its liveliest, this could be the role for you. Training and ongoing support will be provided. Please note - this is an unpaid role.

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national initiative that encourages children to read for pleasure and is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with public libraries.

Children aged 4 and over can complete the challenge by enjoying six library books over the summer, collecting stickers and rewards along the way. Those that finish will be awarded a medal and certificate to mark their achievement. The challenge presents reading as a fun and enjoyable activity and encourages children to become lifelong book lovers. It helps prevent the trend for reading skills to dip over the summer holidays and enhances and supports the school’s reading initiatives. The fun rewards motivate the children to progress through the challenge and it is inclusive to children of all abilities as they can choose any library books that appeal to them to count towards the challenge. Join our volunteer team and help us enhance the experience for children.

Summer Reading Challenge volunteer tasks include:

  • Book talk – hearing children talk about the books they have chosen for the summer reading challenge.
  • Giving out rewards.
  • Promoting the challenge to families in the library.
  • Collecting feedback from children and families.
  • Preparing materials for library activities events and helping run activities.
  • Getting permission for photographs.
  • Supporting staff with book and wall displays.
  • Helping to keep the shelves tidy

Please note - this is a customer-facing role that requires interaction with families.

If you're interested in this role and want more information, please email Libraries.CultureVolunteering@slough.gov.uk 

To apply, please use the link on the left of the screen to access the online application form.

Slough Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Libraries volunteer application form

Libraries volunteer application form