Host Organisation: Cheshire East Libraries

An exciting opportunity for volunteers to help run the Summer Reading Challenge and support children's literacy and reading in Cheshire East Libraries this summer.

Opportunity Interests: Children and Young People, Families
Type of Activity: Coaching / Mentoring, Marketing / Social Media, Youth Work
Location: Alderley Edge, Alsager, Bollington, Cheshire East, Congleton, Crewe, Disley, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Middlewich, Nantwich, Poynton, Sandbach, Wilmslow
Days and Times for the Opportunity: Monday AM, Monday PM, Tuesday AM, Tuesday PM, Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM, Thursday AM, Thursday PM, Friday AM, Friday PM, Saturday AM

The Summer Reading Challenge is an annual activity held in libraries during the summer holidays for children aged 5 to 12 years. Children are challenged to visit the library 4 times over the summer holidays and read at least 6 books. They collect stickers each time they visit and chart their progress on displays in the library. Libraries hold activities and events to encourage children to keep returning.

SRC Volunteers will work at the library over the summer, supporting the library staff and helping children to get the most out of the Challenge.

We would like you to be involved in any or all of the following:

• Helping children to find and choose books and listen to them talking about their books
• Administering the Challenge (giving out stickers and other incentives, filling in forms)
• Helping children to use the Summer Reading Challenge website
• Using activity sheets and other ideas to help children share their reading choices
• Helping to keep the library tidy
• Helping with events
• Summer Reading Challenge Award Ceremonies
• Collecting data for evaluation

You will need to be over 13 years old and able to commit to working at least 20 hours (in total) with us from mid July to mid September. You will also need to be available for a short, informal interview, an induction session and a training session. If you are under 16 you will need permission from a parent or guardian who will need to sign your application form and accompany you for your interview and induction.

Volunteer Commitment: Short Term
Is a DBS check required for this role?: No
Skills and Qualifications Required:

We are looking for volunteers who can engage with children and parents about reading. This is an ideal opportunity anyone with an interest in books and reading, and working with children. Experience of working with children and families would be beneficial, but is not essential.

Are there any Gender or Age Restrictions?: Yes
Details of Gender or Age Restrictions: Volunteers must be aged 13 or over. Volunteers aged under 16 will need parental permission and parents must be present for interviews and induction. The safety of our young volunteers is of paramount importance to us and we are committed to ensuring they receive an enriching experience whilst working in our premises. As library staff do not ordinarily work alone with vulnerable adults and children there is no requirement for them to be DBS checked. Please be aware that although volunteers will be primarily working in public spaces in the library, there may be times within our working day when a young volunteer is alone in an office or staffroom with a staff member.
Do you have disabled access to the areas a volunteer would be sited?: Yes
Do you pay expenses?: No
If yes, for what and at what rate?:
What support is available for the volunteer?:

Library staff are available at all times to support the volunteers.

What training is available for the volunteer?:

Full training and induction are given.