Volunteering at Norfolk libraries

Volunteers help our library service to continue to develop activities and to support reading and learning. You can meet new people, learn new skills, gain confidence and give something back to the community, all in a friendly environment.

We will offer:

  • Flexible but regular opportunities
  • A variety of volunteering opportunities - something to suit everyone
  • A welcome and an introduction to the organisation and the volunteer role
  • Training, support and encouragement in the role
  • A chance to be part of a team

What we expect from volunteers:

  • Come to the library at the times agreed and let us know as soon as possible if you can’t come in
  • Maintain the standards of the library service, including health and safety, equal opportunities, data protection and confidentiality
  • Take part in any training needed
  • Be fair to others working in the library
  • Talk to a supervisor about any problems

How to volunteer

All our current opportunities are listed below with a form for you to register your interest in volunteering.

What happens after I register my interest?

We'll ask you to complete an application form and you'll need to give us the names of two people we can contact for references.

If you'll be working with under 18s or vulnerable adults we'll also ask you to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

When we've received your application form we'll invite you to visit the library to meet the library manager. We'll talk to you about:

  • Your expectations
  • How we will support you
  •  If this is the right role for you

If we agree that the role is suitable, we'll keep in touch while we get references and apply for the DBS check if necessary. If your skills or experience don't match the role, we'll try to suggest some other opportunities for you.

Finally we'll agree dates for training and induction and a start date.

Current roles

Cromer Library are looking for a volunteer to deliver a regular Bounce and Rhyme Time session. We are looking for someone who enjoys telling stories and singing songs with young children. The aim of the role is to deliver an interactive session which promotes reading and learning to early years children and their families.

Tasks will include:

  • Setting up and clearing away at the end of each session
  • Preparing songs, stories and rhymes for a half hour session
  • Talking to parents about reading with their children and encouraging them to take books home with them

Volunteers must be able to commit to a regular session every week, be a strong communicator and enjoy speaking to young people and their families. We will provide training to enable you to take on this role and work safely within the role.

 

Reepham Library are looking for a volunteer to deliver a regular Bounce and Rhyme Time session. We are looking for someone who enjoys telling stories and singing songs with young children. The aim of the role is to deliver an interactive session which promotes reading and learning to early years children and their families.

Tasks will include:

  • Setting up and clearing away at the end of each session
  • Preparing songs, stories and rhymes for a half hour session
  • Talking to parents about reading with their children and encouraging them to take books home with them

Volunteers must be able to commit to a regular session every week, be a strong communicator and enjoy speaking to young people and their families. We will provide training to enable you to take on this role and work safely within the role. Reepham Library is open on a Monday afternoon, Wednesday and Friday and the session would need to take place during open times.

Taverham Library are looking for a volunteer to deliver a regular Bounce and Rhyme Time session. We are looking for someone who enjoys telling stories and singing songs with young children. The aim of the role is to deliver an interactive session which promotes reading and learning to early years children and their families.

Tasks will include:

  • Setting up and clearing away at the end of each session
  • Preparing songs, stories and rhymes for a half hour session
  • Talking to parents about reading with their children and encouraging them to take books home with them

Volunteers must be able to commit to a regular session every week, be a strong communicator and enjoy speaking to young people and their families. We will provide training to enable you to take on this role and work safely within the role.

Dersingham and Hunstanton libraries are looking for a volunteer to deliver a regular Bounce and Rhyme Time session. We are looking for someone who enjoys telling stories and singing songs with young children. The aim of the role is to deliver an interactive session which promotes reading and learning to early years children and their families.

Tasks will include:

  • Setting up and clearing away at the end of each session
  • Preparing songs, stories and rhymes for a half hour session
  • Talking to parents about reading with their children and encouraging them to take books home with them

Volunteers must be able to commit to a regular session every week, be a strong communicator and enjoy speaking to young people and their families. We will provide training to enable you to take on this role and work safely within the role.

As this role is based across two libraries, we are also happy to hear from volunteers who would like to volunteer at either individual library or at both.

Norfolk Library and Information Service offer a mobile library service across the county. We are looking for people who use the mobile library service, or live close to a stop, to help us to publicise the service and give us feedback on the services we provide.

In becoming a friend of the mobile library service, we would like people to:

  • Tell their friends about the mobile library and services available from it
  • Display posters in local community spaces
  • Make suggestions for improvements to the service
  • Use e-mail to stay in touch with us

Hellesdon Library are looking to recruit two volunteers to support a reading group for young people. You would help to choose the books for each meeting and think of themes and activities which would inspire young people to read more widely.

Young reading group leaders must have good communication skills and be friendly, outgoing and approachable. A love of books and reading is important for the role and you should be willing to try different genres of books and recommend your favourite books to others. A calm and patient manner is important as the group may be attended by children from different age groups and backgrounds.

New volunteers are being invited to join a Community Gardening Group based at Great Yarmouth Library. The group meet on a weekly basis to plan and carry out activities within the community garden such as sowing seeds, planting new flowers and herbs, digging, weeding and maintaining the garden through the year. The group also attend meetings to plan new activities which the gardeners can get involved with.

Great Yarmouth Library are looking for new volunteers to join an existing group of local heritage volunteers, specialising in helping people with starting their family history. Volunteers will need to have some interest in family history and how they can help others to start tracing their family tree. Training sessions are available which volunteers would be welcome to attend. These set out the range of resources available within the library and include tuition in using online resources.

Are you a confident with IT? Could you help others gain new skills in using basic IT?

Norfolk Library and Information Service are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help others gain confidence with using a computer.

The role will involve:

  • Providing guidance on using the internet safely
  • Helping with basic computer queries on topics such as using the internet, basic word processing and using email
  • To help others continue to build confidence once they have completed Go-on modules at their local library 

Volunteers would need to be available to attend a regular weekly volunteering session.

We are looking for people with good communication skills and the ability to help others with basic IT enquiries.

This role is available at all Norfolk libraries. Volunteer travel expenses can be reimbursed to enable volunteers to take part in this role.

Norfolk Library and Information Service are looking for volunteers to offer support to job seekers within their local community. The role will involve:

  • Helping customers with basic IT queries such as form filling
  • Supporting customers with registering on the Universal Job Match website
  • Signposting customers to books and resources aimed at job seekers
  • Helping customers complete Learn My Way modules to improve their IT skills

Volunteers will need to have good communication skills and wish to support people who are currently unemployed. They will have confidence in working with a wide range of adults with different learning needs.

We are looking for volunteers within all Norfolk libraries and can reimburse travel expenses to enable people to take up this opportunity.

A training package is available to support volunteers taking on this role.

Norfolk Library and Information Service provide a prison library service to prisons based in Norfolk. AT HMP Bure staff run a book group encouraging prisoners to read and explore books which are provided by the library service.

Funding has been secured to extend the book group and to involve volunteers as part of the Prison Reading Groups scheme supported by the University of Roehampton. Partners in the scheme include The Prisoners Education Trust.

Volunteers are asked to give 3.5 hours per month to support the book group meeting and help develop questions and analysis of the selected title chosen for the monthly meeting. We are seeking volunteers with a passion for reading and education to help support the reading group at HMP Bure.

Duties will include: 

  • Suggesting and researching titles that may be suitable within existing prison criteria
  • Read selected titles and be prepared to initiate discussion if required
  • Provide handouts and background information for the selected text as necessary
  • Facilitate group discussion, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to express their opinions in a non-judgemental atmosphere
  • Help with developing the group
  • Help to set up and clear away at the start and end of group meetings 

HMP Bure is a Category C prison which houses approximately 620 male sex offenders.

Volunteers will be required to undertake prison service checks in order to undertake the role as well as standard library service application papers to become a volunteer. An interview with staff from both NLIS and HMPS will be required prior to taking up this role.

Volunteer travel expenses can be reimbursed to allow a volunteer to participate in this role.

The Home Library Service provides books on wheels to people in the community who like to use the library service but are unable to get there due to age, disability or restricted mobility.

At the moment we particularly need home library volunteers in Swaffham, Thetford and Watton.

If you would like to volunteer to help us deliver the service, contact the Home Library Service on 01603 397998.

Norfolk Library and Information Service have developed a series of shared reading sessions to help people to share a love of reading and demonstrate the wellbeing benefits of reading together.

We are looking for volunteers to support shared reading sessions held across Norfolk libraries.

Shared reading courses run for 6 weeks at a time. Volunteers need to be able to attend 6 sessions before starting in the role to observe and learn about the shared reading programme.

Volunteers will help with preparing the library space, organising refreshments and welcoming group members. They will observe each session to prepare evaluation of the benefits of shared reading to those attending.

We are looking for volunteers with:

  • Good listening skills
  • The ability to follow group interactions and to recall significant moments at a later time
  • Enthusiasm for and enjoyment of shared reading
  • An understanding of the aims of shared reading (this will be covered during the induction to the role)
  • Volunteers do not have to be an expert in literature

Volunteer travel expenses can be reimbursed to allow volunteers to take on this role.

The St John Ambulance service is looking for volunteers to help with their hospital library service. The role involves helping to deliver a library service on hospital wards for those who are staying in hospital. It is as much about talking to people as giving them something to read during their stay. Volunteers are asked to commit to two hours volunteering per week.

The service are looking for volunteers at the following locations:

  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich
  • The James Paget Hospital, Gorleston
  • North Walsham Hospital
  • Dereham Hospital

Full training will be given to support you in this role.

Thetford Library are setting up a local history group which will meet on a monthly basis. They are seeking two volunteers to support the group and give input to the direction that the group takes, the themes and projects that the group explores and assist in arranging activities such as talks on local history themes. The volunteers will work with library staff to develop the group.

This volunteer role would appeal to anyone who has a keen interest in the history of Thetford and the local area. The group will help to promote the resources held within the library through displays within the library and themed talks.

The group will meet every third Friday of each month, starting on Friday 16 October 2015. They will meet from 10.30am - 12 noon.

Calling all young people - do you love of books? Want to share your reading experiences with others?

Norfolk Library and Information Service are looking for young people to help run book groups for young readers at various libraries. You would help to choose the books for each meeting and think of themes and activities which would inspire young people to read more widely.

Young reading group leaders must have good communication skills and be friendly, outgoing and approachable. A love of books and reading is important for the role and you should be willing to try different genres of books and recommend your favourite books to others. A calm and patient manner is important as the group may be attended by children from different age groups and backgrounds.

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