Library Activity and Events Supporters in Various Libraries in Essex

Activity Supporters are required in the following libraries:

Braintree (Community Coffee Morning), Chelmsford (Coffee Morning), Clacton, Hatfield Peverel (Coffee Mornings), Hullbridge (Block Builders Club), Manningtree (Coffee Mornings), Thaxted (Block Builders Club), Wickford (Chess Club) and Witham (Craft Preparation) 

Libraries run many occasional or regular events for which we need additional help. Events for adults may help to reduce loneliness and improve wellbeing. Activities for children aim to get them enthused about books. Contact your local library to find what specific activities they need help with and which you are comfortable supporting. You may have a particular skill or interest you could offer.

Event Volunteers are required in the following libraries: 

Braintree, Clacton, Loughton, Saffron Walden and Witham

Events and activities may include:

• coffee mornings and tea afternoons

• craft activities for children or adults

• games such as chess or scrabble

• other social activities

What will it involve?

• preparing the library for the appropriate session - e.g. arranging furniture, setting out cups, saucers and biscuits, setting out craft materials

• meeting and greeting the participants, making everyone feel welcome

• making and serving tea and coffee when provided

• chatting to the attendees, ensuring the atmosphere is friendly, relaxed and all-inclusive

• explaining and supervising craft and other practical activities

• promoting library services

• directing specific enquiries to library staff

• clearing the area once the session ends, returning furniture as required

What will you get from volunteering?

• meeting people and making new friends

• the opportunity to engage with people who may feel isolated, vulnerable or lonely and keep them in touch with their local community

• the chance to promote reading

• satisfaction in using your skills, experience and interests to give something to the community

• The chance to develop your experience and skills to enhance your CV


• warmth and friendliness

• willingness to meet new people

• ability to interact with people of all ages

• practical and 'hands on'

• a good team worker, able to work with library staff and other volunteers.

• an enthusiasm for libraries and awareness of the range of services offered


  • Accessibility
  • 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 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. Essex
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 31/08/2016

End Date: 20/12/2019

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

How much time would you be asked to contribute? Minimum of 2 hours per session. Sessions may be occasional or regular, depending on the activities available and on the individual library. The total hours required for Activity Supporter are: Braintree - Chelmsford - Clacton - 8hrs Greenstead - Hatfield Peverel - Hullbridge - 4hrs Manningtree - 4hrs Thaxted - Wickford - Witham - The total hours required for Event Volunteer are: Braintree - 2hrs Clacton - 4hrs Loughton - 1hr Saffron Walden - 3hrs Witham -


This opportunity is available in: Basildon Billericay and Wickford, Braintree, Colchester, Epping, Harlow, Rayleigh and Rochford, Tendring, Uttlesford

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