This role is to:
- assist library staff and volunteers with a programme of activities for school-age children within the library
- to join in a range of structured children’s activities which will include:
- craft sessions
- board games
- LEGO construction
This role is suitable for you if:
- if you’re enthusiastic about encouraging children’s learning, play and development
- if you want to help children’s (and parents’) participation in libraries
- if you’re looking for experience volunteering to help with children’s activities
Anyone is welcome to apply to volunteer: parents, carers, grandparents, people looking for a career working with children.
As a children's activities helper you will be:
- helping prepare for regular toddler and young children’s activities in advance of sessions, including preparing activities, crafts, and setting out equipment
- welcoming children and parents as they arrive
- joining in with activities as appropriate and assisting children to further develop their own skills
- making sure charges and donations are taken, where appropriate
- helping with refreshments if provided
- helping clear equipment and materials at the end of sessions
- encouraging the donation of materials to be used in these activities, in association with library staff
Required skills, experience, interests and knowledge
You will need:
- reliability and the ability to make a regular commitment to the library
- enjoyment in assisting with children’s activities and encouraging their participation
- clear communication skills
- a patient and sympathetic attitude
- the ability to manage physical activities with children
- an interest in children’s play and development
Benefits of volunteering
By volunteering in this role, you will get:
- new skills, experience and knowledge of helping with children’s learning, play and development
- a boost to your communication skills and confidence
- friends and social contact
- evidence for your CV
- reference for future employment, if needed
Hours of volunteering
Each session can last up to 2 hours, although they are often less. The days and times vary by library location.
We would appreciate a commitment for at least 12 months but are flexible in this.
This role will be based at one of Bracknell Forest’s libraries. This will be agreed between you and the library supervisor.
No travel is expected for this role. If needed, volunteers can ask for reimbursement of reasonable expenses for travel.
Training and support
You will receive the following training:
- induction, safety, safeguarding, general information about libraries
- confidentiality awareness
- opportunities to learn about child development
You will receive the following support:
- regular contact with the library supervisor and volunteer coordinator
- support from library staff to understand and undertake role
- opportunity to meet with other volunteers
The volunteering process
We will then send you an application form to fill in.
You will also need to:
- attend at a short, informal interview/meeting
- give us details of 2 references
We will process the required Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Scheme check for you for free.
After making an application
If your volunteering application is successful, once we have your references and a satisfactory DBS check, we will agree your training and session start dates and times for your role.