Chapter one: Applying to become a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer

Published Wednesday, 6th February 2019

Library Books on Shelves

Libraries in Southend are once again looking for volunteers to help keep children reading throughout the summer holidays for the Summer Reading Challenge.

Volunteers aged 14 and above are wanted to help library staff sign children up to the Summer Reading Challenge and talk to children about their books, encouraging them to complete the challenge.

Cllr Lesley Salter, cabinet member for healthy communities and wellbeing, said: “Last year we had 68 dedicated volunteers complete 1600 hours in six libraries across the borough, helping staff deliver another hugely successful Summer Reading Challenge.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to help their local community by encouraging children to improve their literacy skills. Volunteers gain valuable work experience and get the chance to meet new people and further enhance their own communication skills, and volunteering also looks great on a CV.”

Volunteers should be able to commit to a minimum of 24 hours from Thursday 25 July to Saturday 31 August.

Applications are open from Saturday 16 February, and application forms can be picked up from your local library or downloaded from the Library volunteering section of our website. The closing date for applications is Friday 7 June.

For more information about becoming a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer, please email the Library Development Team.