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Volunteering with Southend Libraries and Museums Services

Volunteer Library Assistant

Our libraries are unable to run without the support of our volunteers so your help is vital.

You can offer to volunteer at any of the following libraries:

  • Kent Elms
  • Leigh
  • Shoeburyness
  • Southchurch
  • Westcliff 

As a library assistant you will be supporting people to use our libraries. Some of the jobs you will be doing include:

  • issuing books
  • returning books back to the shelves
  • helping with basic enquiries
  • offering IT support
  • help prepare displays
  • maintain the appearance of the library

As a volunteer you will meet new people, pass on your love of reading and enthusiasm for authors, books.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at one of our libraries, then please fill out our application form.

For more information, please contact our Volunteer Support Team.

Contact details:

Email - libraryvolunteers@southend.gov.uk

Tel No. 01702 534887

Home Library Service Volunteer

The Home Library Service offers a delivery service to people who are unable to visit their local library. This allows them to keep up their love for reading.

In a team of two, our volunteers visit the library and pick out a selection of reading materials, audio books, DVDS and/or CDs in the customer’s chosen genre. They will then deliver these, once every four weeks, with a friendly face and a smile.

As a volunteer you will meet new people on your route; pass on your love of reading and enthusiasm for authors, books and genres; becoming a vital link in the community for those less able and bring a smile to their faces.

We are looking for both drivers and helpers. Volunteer routes are available from the following libraries:

  • The Forum
  • Kent Elms
  • Leigh
  • Shoeburyness
  • Southchurch
  • Westcliff

We have so many clients waiting for a visit to brighten their day and to bring them new adventures to their door.

This opportunity will require a DBS check.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Home Library Service, then please fill out our application form.

For more information, please contact our Volunteer Support Team.

For more information about the Home Library Service, please contact our Community Development Officers.

Contact details:

Volunteer Support Team email - libraryvolunteers@southend.gov.uk

Tel No. 01702 534887

Community Development Officers e-mail – librarydevelopment@southend.gov.uk

Tel No. 01702 534123

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 are 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 roles – Storyrhyme Leader or Storyrhyme Helper.

If you have a love for books and a desire to give the children of Southend-on-Sea a head start then please fill out an application form.

For more information please get in touch via e-mail with our Bookstart team or telephone us on 01702 212120.

Volunteer Museum Assistant

This role is a wonderful chance for you to help promote Southend’s rich and varied history.

You will be based in either the:

  • Beecroft Art Gallery
  • Central Museum
  • Prittlewell Priory
  • 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
  • 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 with Southend Museums, then please fill out our application form.

For more information, please contact our Volunteer Support Team.

Contact details:

Volunteer Support Team email - libraryvolunteers@southend.gov.uk

Tel No. 01702 534887

Page last updated: 19/09/2019