Are you looking for something to do this summer? Want to give back to your community? Do you like reading? Looking for great skills and experience for your personal statement or CV?
Volunteer with the Summer Reading Challenge
Okay... What exactly is the Summer Reading Challenge?
The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday.
There is a different theme each year. Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just as long as they are borrowed from the library.
The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all children and is designed for all reading abilities. Schools work with local libraries and give out information to encourage children to take part.
What will I be doing as a volunteer?
There are loads of different ways to help with the Challenge. Some of the things volunteers help with include:
- Helping staff to run the Challenge
- Talking to children about the books they've been reading
- Helping children to choose new books
- Helping with summer activities like craft sessions
- Helping to create displays in libraries
This year, young volunteers will be part of the Reading Hack programme, that see's encourages young people to get involved with reading inspired activities, reading volunteering and inspiring others to read.
What will I get out of the experience?
Lots of things!
- valuable work experience
- a reference for employment
- the opportunity to develop confidence, social skills, employment opportunities and literacy skills
- the opportunity to make a positive contribution to your community
- a chance to make new friends
Read what previous volunteers say here and watch volunteers talk about their experiences below:
Louis Howell Summer Reading Challenge Speech from Reading Agency on Vimeo.
Louis Howell Summer Reading Challenge Interview 2011 from Reading Agency on Vimeo.
This film was made by Alex Bolton and Wakefield Libraries as part of their young volunteer project.
2012 Summer Reading Challenge volunteers from Westminster talking about their experiences.
If you're thinking about volunteering, but you're still not convinced, listen to some young people tell you why they volunteer:
Interested in become a Summer Reading Challenge volunteer? The Summer Reading Challenge runs in 98% of library authorities so just drop into your local library and ask if they are taking volunteers this summer.
Or you can email Claire Styles with the name of your local authority.