Volunteer with Southend Libraries

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer

Southend Libraries still need Summer Reading Challenge volunteers at Leigh, Shoeburyness, Southchurch and Westcliff Libraries. As applications have officially closed please contact the Community Development Officers Team direct to apply - Librarydevelopment@southend.gov.uk.

Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge on Southend LIbraries Facebook page.

Bookstart and Storyrhymes

Bookstart is a national scheme which encourages parents and carers to share stories and rhymes with their children from birth.

Storyrhymes are weekly half-hour sessions of stories and nursery rhymes for children under 5 years old and their mums, dads, grandparents and carers. These sessions are held at branch libraries across the borough and mainly run by volunteers.

We are looking for volunteers with an enthusiasm for sharing books and nursery rhymes and with a desire to give children in Southend a great start in life.

We have two volunteering opportunities: Storyrhyme Leader or Storyrhyme Helper.

If you have an enthusiasm for books and a desire to give the children of Southend a head start then please do complete the application from at the bottom of the page. For more information please get in touch with our Bookstart team at bookstart@southend.gov.uk or on 01702 212120. 

Volunteer Museum Assistant

Volunteering as a Museum Assistant at Southend Museums is a wonderful opportunity to promote Southend’s rich and varied history. This volunteering opportunity would be based at Beecroft Art Gallery, Central Museum, Prittlewell Priory or Southchurch Hall. Volunteers are able to choose to assist at one or a variety of the museums to help provide a high quality and enjoyable visitor experience.

Volunteers are required to provide a presence in the museums. Tasks include welcoming visitors, stewarding in our exhibitions, assisting within our museum shops and operating the till.

As a volunteer you will meet new people, learn new skills and volunteer in beautiful surroundings.

Please note Southend Museums are closed on a Monday.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at one of our museums please complete the application form available to download at the bottom of the page. For more information about volunteering at one of our libraries please contact the Volunteer Support Team via email: museumvolunteers@southend.gov.uk or on 01702 534887. 

Cliff Lift Operator

This is a fantastic volunteering role to assist in the running of the iconic Southend Cliff Lift as a paid tourist attraction.

The opportunity will involve volunteering with one other volunteer or a Museum Officer at a remote location from the remainder of the Museum’s estate. As a volunteer you will meet new people, learn new skills and educate visitors about the varied history of Southend.

Originally opened in 1912, The Cliff Lift is a single car electronic railway that runs between Western Esplanade and Clifton Terrace. The Cliff Lift reopened following Heritage Lottery Funded renovations in 2010 and offers fantastic views of the Pier and estuary. The lift can hold up to 18 people and has a ramp for disabled access and pushchairs. 

Volunteers will be required to collect money and issue tickets for journeys. Volunteers operate The Cliff Lift, assisting and serving customers to provide a high standard of customer service. Volunteers will also answer questions regarding The Cliff Lift and its history and sell merchandise.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer on the Cliff Lift please complete the application form available to download at the bottom of the page. For more information about volunteering at one of our libraries please contact the Volunteer Support Team via email: museumvolunteers@southend.gov.uk or on 01702 534887. 

Young Archaeologists' Club - Volunteer Branch Assistant

The Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) is a national scheme run by The Council of British Archaeology and Historic England.

The Southend Museums Branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club launched in November 2015. Usually based at Prittlewell Priory Visitor Centre, our YAC Club is for children aged 8 to 16 with an interest in archaeology and history. Our YAC branch aims to meet on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 to 12:00. Volunteering times would include additional time to help set up and clear away activities. Activities are hands on and range from looking at archaeological finds or artefacts to trench planning. YAC volunteers will assist the Branch Leaders to create a fun, safe environment for children attending the club. 

We are looking for volunteers with an interest in archaeology and ancient history who are looking to share their passion for the subject. Archaeological experience is not essential although would be an added bonus. Volunteers should be happy to engage with a variety of people of all ages, including young children.

The minimum age for volunteering with the YAC is 16. If you are 16 or 17 then please ask your parents to sign the application form too.

This opportunity will require a DBS check.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Young Archaeologists’ Club please complete the application form available to download at the bottom of the page. For more information about volunteering at one of our libraries please contact the Volunteer Support Team via email: museumvolunteers@southend.gov.uk or on 01702 534887.

Page last updated: 22/06/2018