Reading Hack & Duke of Edinburgh volunteer

Reading Hack Volunteer

If you are between the ages of 14 and 24 and would like to volunteer with your local library, then you can apply to be a Reading Hack.

As well as helping us to encourage the next generation of readers with our Summer Reading Challenge over the summer holidays, Reading Hack are involved with a variety of activities within libraries for the whole year.

Duke of Edinburgh placements

If you would like to complete your Duke of Edinburgh bronze or silver volunteering section with us, then you will be able to do so by becoming a Reading Hack volunteer, for the duration of your Duke of Edinburgh placement. 

Please note that placements for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at each library are limited and we do sometimes have high levels of demand. Please contact your local library to confirm that a place is available before completing the application form as we cannot guarantee that all applications will result in a placement.

As part of your placement you will be involved in the following activities:

Learn more about the library works, including the Dewey system
Assist with shelving and keeping the library tidy
Help customers to find books
Learn about the Reading Hack website
Create at least 1 Reading Hack Display
Run/assist in at least 1 Reading Hack activity

Applying to volunteer in a library
Our library staff may contact you shortly to discuss your application and answer any questions you may have. Please contact us for more information about any volunteer role.
Before you start you will need:

Details of 2 referees (Reading Hacks only)
Duke of Edinburgh applicants will need details of their DofE group/school and leader name

Some volunteer roles require a DBS check to ensure the protection of vulnerable residents. We will advise you how this process is carried out if necessary.
Apply to be a Reading Hack or Duke of Edinburgh volunteer

Skills and abilities needed:
Friendly and welcoming manner
Enthusiastic and motivated
Able to work on your own or as part of a team

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