Volunteers wanted for Summer Reading Challenge

Daisy Powell  and Samuel Meisnercelebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge in 2011
Daisy Powell and Samuel Meisnercelebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge in 2011

Volunteers are needed for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge which takes place in Northamptonshire County Council’s libraries.

Each year, children aged between four and 12 take part in the Summer Reading Challenge, a national scheme with incentives, activities and events designed to encourage children to read. This year the theme is Mythical Maze.

Volunteers aged 14 to 17 are needed to help with this year’s challenge, which takes place from Saturday, July 12, until Friday, September 21. Different roles are available including helping children with reading and activities, helping to train new volunteers and helping to promote the Summer Reading Challenge.

Cabinet member for public health and wellbeing Cllr Robin Brown said: “Not only is encouraging children to get reading and enjoy books extremely rewarding, but volunteering is a great way to gain experience and is sure to impress any future employer, college or university.”

All volunteers will receive training and a free goody bag, as well as the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and develop their skills plus a reference from a library manager. Volunteer hours also count towards Duke of Edinburgh awards and UCAS.

For more information on how to apply and the roles available, including a new role for young people who have volunteered in libraries previously, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/srcvolunteer.