- The role is currently available in Dunmow, Stansted, Thaxted, Vange, Wivenhoe, Walton on the Naze, Laindon, Fryerns, Great Tarpots, Broomfield, Southminster and Harwich libraries.
What is the role about?
These fun-packed rhyme and story sessions take place in libraries during school term-times. Everyone joins in with singing rhymes and doing the actions, and afterwards families stay to chat, join the library and to choose books to take home. As a volunteer at baby and toddler rhyme times, you will deliver rhyme sessions, and support the development of children by sharing your enjoyment of books and rhymesAs a volunteer at Baby and Toddler Rhyme Times, you will deliver rhyme sessions, and support the development of children by sharing your enjoyment of books and rhymes.
What will it involve?
• Preparing the children's library for the session - putting out chairs and selecting stories and rhymes
• Meeting and greeting the parents/carers and children and making everyone feel welcome
• Encouraging parents to join in with their child
• Joining in or delivering the session and building a good rapport with the group
• Chatting with families about the benefits of early book sharing and the importance of talking and singing rhymes with their children
• Directing specific enquiries to library staff
• Clearing the area once the session ends
What will you get from volunteering?
• Pleasure from showing parents how singing rhymes and sharing books can be a fun activity that they can repeat at home
• Opportunity to help families learn rhymes and songs together to support children's speech, language and communication skills
• Meeting people and making new friends
• Satisfaction of using your skills and experience to support families in the community
How do you apply?
Discuss with your local library what kind of support they need and what you are comfortable with offering. All volunteering activities are subject to completing a registration form, an informal interview with library staff and two satisfactory references. Please note that volunteers are required to adhere to a dress standard. Library staff can provide more information on this. You will be required to provide documentary evidence (of which you will be advised) of your right to work in the UK.
What skills and experience do you need?
• Warmth and friendliness
• Able to relate to children and their families
• Practical and 'hands on'
• Able to work on own initiative
• Comfortable singing in public (but no voice skills needed)
• Enthusiasm to promote sharing books and reading with families
• An enthusiasm for libraries and awareness of the range of services offered
- Data Protection policy
- DBS check required
- Equal opportunities policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Suitable for under 18s
- Training provided
You will receive an induction, a welcome pack and specific training for your volunteering role. This may be shadowing or an occasional training session or just talking through what's involved. There will be ongoing support from local library staff. All volunteers are engaged for an introductory period (usually 1 to 3 months depending on the frequency of volunteering). This is to ensure the volunteer and activity are properly matched and either side may decide to end the agreement at this stage.
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 18/08/2021
End Date: 18/08/2022
How much time would you be asked to contribute? To be agreed. Typically 2 hours per week, together or at separate times, depending on individual library. Term time only.
This opportunity is available in: Tendring
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