26th Jul, 2017

Volunteers sought by county libraries for national reading challenge

Craig Gibbons 18th May, 2017

VOLUNTEERS are being sought by Worcestershire Libraries and Learning Service to join their Summer Reading Challenge teams.

The challenge, which is a national scheme 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 will be needed from Saturday, June 24 to Saturday, September 23 to help at events and in libraries across the county.

As well as having huge amounts of fun, Summer Reading Challenge volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new friends and make a positive contribution to their community – all extremely valuable when later searching for work or applying for college or university places.

Natalie McVey, libraries and learning service lead for young people said: “Last years young volunteers for the Summer Reading Challenge helped an amazing 2,776 children complete the Challenge.

“The volunteering experience is invaluable, and the help and support we receive from our young volunteers is essential for the success of the scheme.

“We are hoping to recruit even more volunteers this year to help even more children benefit from the Challenge.”

Anyone volunteering will need to commit to providing a minimum of five hours of their time over the summer and can work at a variety of times throughout the week.

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

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.