Celebrating library volunteers' role in supporting communities

Volunteers pose at Redditch Library for Volunteers Day 2019 Published Thursday, 5th December 2019

From leading a Lego club or Health Walk, being a digital champion or volunteering to deliver the Library Service at Home, these are just some of the ways volunteers are supporting their communities.

Each week dozens of volunteers gift their valuable time supporting our county’s libraries.

This Thursday to recognise their efforts, Worcestershire’s libraries are marking International Volunteer Day 2019 by celebrating their contribution.

Organised by the United Nations, the day aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the enormous contribution that volunteers make to their communities.

The celebrations will recognise their contribution and thank them all for their efforts.

Carol Brown, Worcestershire County Council’s library service manager said: “Volunteering with Worcestershire Libraries offers a wide range of opportunities for people of all ages and we are lucky to be supported by hundreds of volunteers each year.

“Volunteering opportunities in libraries include being a digital champion, selecting and delivering books for our Library Service at Home customers, running a Lego club or leading a Health Walk. We are also helped each year by around 165 young volunteers who support The Summer Reading Challenge.  

As well as enhancing services provided by libraries, volunteering has been proven to have benefits for individuals including tackling loneliness and increasing the feeling of being connected with their community.”

What’s happening in the libraries:

Bromsgrove, Wythall and Catshill Libraries - We will be celebrating our volunteers at Catshill Library on Thursday afternoon, 5 December.  Some of the volunteers have been with us since we opened the Community Library.  There are around 14 of them and they also support our Library Service at Home at Bromsgrove and Catshill by selecting books and delivering them. 

We are planning an event at Bromsgrove Library on either Thursday afternoon or Friday morning with the Bromsgrove Community Choir to which we normally invite our volunteers and our Library Service at Home customers.

Kidderminster & Hagley Libraries – We will be celebrating our volunteers at Hagley library with a coffee morning between 11am to 12noon on Thursday 5 December. 

Kidderminster will also have a coffee morning for adults, linked with Kemp Hospice between 10.30am and 11.30am.  We will be celebrating our Young Volunteers with a "Hot chocolate and a chat" between 3.45pm to 4.45pm on Thursday 5 December.

The Hive – Volunteer party in The Studio.

Redditch, Woodrow & Rubery Library - Taking place from 5pm to 7pm on the 5th December, we are having our annual party to thank and celebrate our volunteers’ contributions. 

Malvern Library – On Friday 13 December we are holding a Coffee and Cake thank you event between 2.30pm and 3.30pm

St John’s – Saturday 14 December – Coffee and cake thank you event 10am to 12pm

Upton Library – Thursday 19 December – Coffee and cake thank you event 11am to 12pm

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering in one of our libraries, look out for volunteering opportunities which will be promoted over the period or speak directly to one of our library managers.