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Calling for Volunteers for Record breakers, Summer Reading Challenge 2015

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers
Clem McCulloch and Alice Connor
Published Thursday, 28th May 2015

Worcestershire County Council's Libraries and Learning service are calling for volunteers to help keep children reading over the summer.

If you enjoy reading and want to pass on your love of reading to children, we are looking for volunteers aged 12 to 24, to offer a minimum of 5 hours over the summer to help libraries and learning staff deliver this year's Summer Reading Challenge. 

Children's reading can 'dip' during the long summer holidays. The annual Summer Reading Challenge is a national initiative, co-ordinated by The Reading Agency,  which encourages children aged 4-12 to read six or more library books during  the school summer holidays, whilst offering incentives along the way.

There are plenty of volunteering opportunities available including general roles, book specialist, promoter or even an event planner.

Besides having huge amounts of fun, you will develop confidence, meet new friends, make a positive contribution to your community and gain valuable work experience, which will help when searching for future employment.

Rebecca, a volunteer at The Hive: said: 'Being involved in last year's Summer Reading Challenge was a fantastic experience. Not only has it improved my confidence but it has given me an insight into the work environment. Would I do it again? Most definitely!'

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, said: "The Summer Reading Challenge really is a life changing experience.  Last year we had over 160 volunteers, 140 of whom were young volunteers aged between 12 and 24 years. Our evaluations showed the majority felt that volunteering equipped them  with skills useful  to them in the future, and also that   their confidence  had improved as a result of volunteering."

Following registration you will have the opportunity to attend a training session to help you to prepare and we will support you for the duration of your volunteering experience.

At the end of the challenge, each volunteer will receive a certificate - bronze, silver or gold – depending on the number of hours of volunteering, alongside the life changing experience that goes with being part of the Summer Reading Challenge.