Share a Story

11 May 2016


National Share-A-Story Month (NSSM) this May is the annual celebration of the power of storytelling and story sharing and we have some great volunteering roles that can help you do just that.

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is a national children’s reading scheme that runs in libraries during the summer holiday.

All children taking part receive a certificate and a medal if/when they complete the challenge. You will be working with children and their parents and carers, encouraging them to join the challenge and talking to them about the books they have been reading.

Volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge gives valuable work experience and new skills which us great for your CV. It helps with your confidence in talking to both children and adults. It also offers the pleasure of encouraging children to enjoy reading and makes a positive contribution to the community. Read more and apply

Sensory Storytelling

Volunteers will deliver one or more story times at a mutually convenient library.
The story time are aimed at children with special educational needs but will be enjoyed by all. They are lively interactive stories using lots of fun props to stimulate all the senses. This opportunity is for people of 16+ and is particularly suitable for people who are interested in working with young children. Read more and apply

News Readers

You are one of a team of five recording news stories, in rotation. Reading from the Braintree and Witham Times, Halstead Gazette and Braintree District Editions of the Essex Chronicle.

All the items read from local newspapers are selected on news value and interest and may be edited for length. A clear voice is the only essential. You will be involved on the Friday from approximately 6.15 to 8pm.

Commitment is approximately 1 Friday evening every two months. Read more and apply

Reading Challenge Volunteer

Supporting  learners to chose appropriate reading materials, magazines or books.
Supporting learners who struggle with reading/literacy enabling them to learn at their own pace. Discussing the books or magazines they have been reading, encouraging discussion, sharing ideas, and growing confidence. Read more and apply

Oral History Resource Assistant-Colchester

Are you interested in history? Would you like to help us log local memories of life in Colchester in the 20th century?

An extra pair of hands would be very much appreciated to help us build our oral history archive and record local peoples stories. Read more and apply

Creative person for our story sacks

Play sessions are an opportunity for children to learn through play in fun sessions which are designed to give the children opportunities to explore and have fun while they learn. Stories and craft are featured heavily in the sessions and therefore we use story sack to help bring the stories alive.

Story sacks contain a range of resources that allow the story teller to tell the story using the resources. We are looking for some more people to help create these important resources who are interested in craft: needlework, knitting, cutting, drawing and hunting out interesting resources cheaply from charity shops and the like. Read more and apply


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