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Volunteering roles in libraries



Reading Friends Group Facilitator

  • Lead group reading activities and facilitate conversation using reading materials as a basis for discussion
  • Make practical arrangements to identify and select suitable materials (books, newspapers, handling objects etc.) which focus on the groups’ interests
  • Prepare the meeting space in advance of each session
  • Lead on various themed activities (e.g. memory boxes, etc.)
  • Help to clean and tidy up following sessions

 Skills and experience

  • A friendly and approachable manner
  • Good communication and listening skills with the ability to build rapport through conversation
  • A patient and sensitive approach and the ability to empathise with people
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • A love of reading and the desire to share this with others
  • The confidence to read to others
  • An understanding of the need for confidentiality
  • Initiative and the ability to work without supervision

 Other information

  • Weekly sessions run for approximately 2 hours
  • Two references will be required