Volunteer with Libraries

Volunteering opportunities

Adult Learning Support Assistant

This role supports informal adult learning in our libraries. You will work alongside tutors and help groups or carry out one-to-one support. You'll provide support for all learning but primarily for IT, e-learning, literacy, numeracy and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

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.

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Children and Young People’s Activity Helper

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 aged 14 to 25 years are especially welcome to apply to volunteer to assist with the Summer Reading Challenge.

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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

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Online Assistant

Can you help the library's computer users to use their computers more effectively? We run 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

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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 and over who live, work or study in Kensington and Chelsea

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Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national reading initiative which encourages children to read for fun over the summer holidays. The combination of fun, freedom, and creativity impacts significantly on children’s reading levels and confidence. Taking part in the challenge helps prevent the ‘summer reading dip’ which can occur when children are at home over the long summer break and, without reading opportunities, lose confidence in their reading.

View the Summer Reading challenge volunteer profile to find out more about the roles offeredVolunteering to deliver the Summer Reading Challenge will involve:

  • Helping children and their parents/carers fill in forms as necessary, assisting with administration such as filing of membership cards. 
  • Talking with children about the books they have been reading. Listening to what they thought of the books and encouraging them to share their views and ideas. 
  • Handing out reading rewards as necessary. 
  • Helping to prepare for and assist with events and library promotions 
  • Encouraging children to progress and finish the challenge. 

We are looking for people who are: 

  • Patient, friendly and welcoming 
  • Good at talking to young children 
  • Calm when things are busy, but also able to cope when things are quiet 
  • Enthusiastic about reading 
  • Reliable 

Additional information:

  1. We are looking for volunteers who are available sometime during the summer holiday, between July and September. Some libraries may need help at weekends or in the evenings, so please let us know what time of day you are free to help us. 
  2. You will be asked to list the libraries you would like to help at, but only if you are able to get to these libraries easily. 
  3. Successful applicants will have training arranged for them just before the Challenge starts. You will be notified of when this will take place. We may ask you to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

We are looking for volunteers to help deliver the Summer Reading Challenge in our libraries. Young people aged 14 to 25 years are especially welcome to apply to volunteer.

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