Libraries

Adult learning support assistant

This role supports informal adult learning in our libraries. You will work alongside tutors and help to with groups or targeted one to one support. You'll provide support for all learning but primarily for IT, elearning and literacy, numeracy and ESOL.

For group activities, working alongside a tutor, you will:

  • help small groups of adults with basic IT and skills for life sessions
  • prepare spaces and resources for learning
  • complete required paperwork

For individual one to one support you will be:

  • trained and supported to work with individual learners engaged in basic IT and/or functional skills (literacy numeracy and ESOL)
  • fully trained and able to support those using electronic learning resources including BBC Skillswise

More general duties will include:

  • helping support adult learning at events and as part of promotional activities
  • liaising directly with learners in terms of booking learning places, signposting and general administration

This project aims to develop the capabilities of the adult learners and so to improve their quality of life; your contribution will be important and valued.


Children and young people’s activity helpers

We are looking for volunteers to help library staff plan and deliver their many events, activities and groups for children and young people. 

Activities and groups include:

  • Summer Reading Challenge
  • family learning activities
  • half term events
  • regular story and baby rhyme time events
  • and the regular homework club

The library is keen for as many families to get involved as possible, and so are looking for volunteers who can proactively encourage library visitors to participate. Young people (14 to 25 year olds) are especially welcome to apply to volunteer to assist with the Summer Reading Challenge.


IT tutor

This role involves working with people in the library who are interested in improving their IT skills. You will work from computers dedicated to training activities.

We are flexible about how you work with your students so you can have some input into what you do - from teaching small classes about IT basics and having a set lesson plan, to teaching on a one-to-one basis offering advice on any IT issues that your student is interested in learning about. 

  • Times you can volunteer: any days of the week, mornings or afternoons
  • Commitment: 2 to 6 hours a week
  • Contact: sue.cornish@rbkc.gov.uk

Online assistant

Can you help the library's computer users to use their computers more effectively? We are running sessions in Kensington Central Library to help people resolve particular computer issues they might have. They can book one hour slots to resolve issues such as:

  • working with attachments
  • organising their files
  • working with photographs
  • shopping/selling online
  • using different applications like eBay or Skype

You will need basic knowledge of computer applications to be able to resolve these queries. If they need further support, you will be able to signpost them to other volunteers or other borough services. We are also looking to expand this project to other libraries in the borough, so if you would like to help make it happen in your local library - please get in touch.

  • Sessions run Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm and 2 to 5pm
  • Commitment: 3 to 6 hours per week
  • Contact: sue.cornish@rbkc.gov.uk

Shared reading group facilitator

Do you love books? Facilitators are required to support our shared reading groups that meet on a weekly basis to share stories, poems, novels and plays as well as their own thoughts, ideas and feelings - all over a cup of tea and biscuits.

In particular you will:

  • plan and deliver a weekly reading group, reading aloud with others and enabling the group members to connect to the literature and each other
  • present a wide range of reading material, including poetry, in order to generate free-flowing conversations
  • keep records of attendance, help recruit new group members, and provide information for project reports

You should have a fascinating and rewarding time seeing how your group develops individually and as a whole. 

  • This role is available for those aged 18 or more who lives, works or studies in Kensington and Chelsea
  • Contact: sue.cornish@rbkc.gov.uk