Call for young volunteers for The Big Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016

Published Thursday, 16th June 2016

Worcestershire Libraries and Learning Service are calling for volunteers aged 12 – 24 to help with The Big Read, Summer Reading Challenge 2016 which launches in Worcestershire on Saturday 25 June.

The Summer Reading Challenge, a national initiative run each year by The Reading Agency, encourages children aged 4-12 years old to read six or more books during the school summer holidays.  Volunteers are needed from 25 June to 24 September to help at events and in libraries across the county.

Besides having huge amounts of fun, volunteers have the opportunity to build their confidence, meet new friends, make a positive contribution to their community and gain valuable work experience – all extremely valuable when searching for future employment.  Anyone volunteering will need to be able to provide a minimum of 5 hours of their time over the summer.

There are a number of different roles volunteers can get involved in which include general volunteer, book specialist, promoter and event planner.

Previous volunteers have said: "Being involved in this year's Summer Reading Challenge has been a brilliant experience. Not only has it improved my confidence but it has given me an insight into the work environment. I really want to do it again next year".

Another said: "I have really enjoyed my time as a volunteer - speaking with the children and meeting lots of different people."

And another said: "I have really enjoyed volunteering this summer. I have learned lots especially how to talk to more people and get a conversation going."

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, said: "Volunteering for The Summer Reading Challenge is such a valuable experience.  Last year we had 158 volunteers aged between 12 and 24 years and received lots of positive feedback about the experience. I would certainly urge all young people to get involved."

To find out more information about volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/librariesandlearning or contact Natalie McVey on 07876 144905.