Reading Friends is an exciting UK-wide programme
from The Reading Agency. It’s been piloted in some other parts of the country
over the last few years and now is being extended to Essex. Developed with
funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, Reading Friends tackles
loneliness by bringing people together to read, chat and share stories. Essex
Library Services is looking for volunteers to support the roll out of the
Reading Friends scheme across Essex.
What skills do I need?
Chatting to people, either one to one, or in groups, using reading to get people talking. Contact will be via phone or virtually initially. As restrictions lift it is planned to do in person sessions in libraries.
Using reading – whether books, magazines, newspapers, or anything else – to start conversations. Nothing needs to be read before the session
- Equal opportunities policy
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Suitable for under 18s
Volunteers must be older than 16
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer policy
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 02/08/2021
End Date: 02/08/2022
As and when required