Summer volunteering opportunities in Thurrock

ONCE again Thurrock Council’s libraries are offering young people then chance to volunteer during the summer holidays.

If you are aged between 13 and 18 and looking for a volunteering opportunity during the summer break, then look no further than borough’s libraries.

Over the past five years the number of volunteers helping out with the Summer Reading Challenge has risen from 20 to over 70 young people.

The national Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year in libraries across Thurrock and is the ideal opportunity to have fun, gain new skills, and get some great experience to include on a CV.

The council’s libraries are looking to offer this enjoyable and rewarding role again supporting library staff in running this year’s Roald Dahl-themed challenge “The Big Friendly Read”.

Last year over 3,000 children in Thurrock took part in the challenge by reading books to gain rewards, such as stickers, a certificate and a medal.

Volunteers made an important contribution, helping staff sign-up children to the Summer Reading Challenge and talking to them about their books, encouraging them to complete the challenge.

All volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 15 hours from 16 July to 10 September. Volunteers can choose up to two libraries to volunteer for, so every library can have some enthusiastic friendly volunteers to help out at busy times.

Application forms and role descriptions are available from libraries or from the Thurrock Council website at thurrock.gov.uk/volunteering. The closing date for applications is Monday, 13 June and training is provided in July.

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