Volunteering with Southend Libraries and Museums Services

Volunteer Library Assistant

As a Library Assistant your role will be to support our customers in using our community supported libraries and their facilities. Our community supported library branches are unable to run without the support of our volunteers so your help is vital. Volunteering opportunities are available at Kent Elms, Leigh, Shoeburyness, Southchurch and Westcliff Libraries.

Tasks will include issuing and returning stock, shelving items and locating requests as well as helping with basic enquiries and offering IT support. Volunteers are able to help prepare displays and maintain the appearance of the library in order to create a welcoming environment.

As a volunteer you will meet new people, pass on your love of reading and enthusiasm for authors, books and genres and become a vital link in the community.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at one of our libraries 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 or on 01702 534887.

Home Library Service Volunteer

The Home Library Service offers a delivery service to people who are unable to visit their local library to enable them to keep up their love for reading or spoken work. In a team of two, Home Library Service Volunteers visit the library and pick out a selection of reading materials, audio books, DVDS and/or CDs in the customer’s chosen genre and 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.

Volunteer routes are available from The Forum, Kent Elms, Leigh, Shoeburyness, Southchurch and Westcliff Libraries. We are looking for both drivers and helpers from all branches.

We need volunteers to help us with this service as we have so many clients waiting for you to visit, brighten their day and to bring 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 please complete the application form available to download at the bottom of the page. For more information about volunteering please contact the Volunteer Support Team via email or on 01702 534887.

If you would like more information about the Home Library service please contact the Community Development Officers or on 01702 534123.

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer

The Summer Reading Challenge runs annually from the end of July to the beginning of September to keep children reading during the summer holidays. Each year we look for volunteers who are able to commit to a minimum of 18 hours over this period to help run the challenge. This volunteering opportunity is available to anyone over the age of 14.

Volunteers help library staff to sign children up, talk to children about their books and hand out stickers and rewards.

Recruitment for volunteers for the Summer Reading Challenge runs from February to June, so please check back nearer this time for more information. 

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 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 or on 01702 534887.

Page last updated: 27/11/2018