In October 2018, this opportunity is available in the following libraries:
Billericay, Chelmsford, Clacton, Coggeshall, Colchester, Greenstead, Harwich, Kelvedon, Maldon, Mark Hall, North Melbourne, Old Harlow, Pitsea, Rayleigh, Shenfield, Southminster, South Woodham Ferrers, Wickford and Wivenhoe.
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 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
[*A similar opportunity is available as 'Daddy Cool' in some libraries on a Saturday. Please ask on applying.]
• 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
- DBS check required
- Equal opportunities policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
- Ongoing support
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.
- Suitable for under 18s
- Training provided
Specific training for your volunteering role. This may be shadowing or an occasional training session or just talking throughwhat's involved.
- Volunteer induction
You will receive induction and a welcome pack.
- Volunteer policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 31/08/2016
End Date: 05/11/2018
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 Countywide.
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