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Volunteer with Dorset libraries

Current opportunities:

Opportunities for young volunteers aged 14 to 25

We support a well-established volunteering program for young people aged 14-25 in all libraries. Young volunteers can be accredited for volunteering or we offer support if you are already working towards an award. Not all libraries are able to accommodate Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteers, those interested should contact the Apprenticeship team, who manage the process.

Most volunteer roles have a minimum requirement of 10 hours in total, further hours and times can be flexible.

Summer Reading Challenge Champion

The Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer role includes:

  • promoting and joining up children to the Summer Reading Challenge
  • talking to children (mainly aged 4-11) about their books
  • handing out their rewards and incentives
  • encouraging them to share their enthusiasm for reading
  • helping with displays and activities in the library

Apply now

Why you should volunteer for the Summer Reading Challenge.

Volunteering with the Summer Reading Challenge has been such a thrilling and rewarding experience, one which has most definitely improved my confidence as well as my CV!"
Jade, Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer 2016.

Activity and events volunteer

Activity and events volunteer role includes:

  • helping children to complete the Arts Award
  • preparing materials
  • assisting children and families at craft and story sessions
  • opportunities to assist the Reading and Learning Team with creating, marketing, promoting and hosting of events

You must complete the Code Club mandatory training before we can link you to one of our clubs.

Apply now

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Consultation group member

Consultation volunteer (children's PLUS survey) role includes:

  • giving out survey forms to either adults or children
  • explaining to participants how to take part in the survey
  • helping participants to fill in a form
  • collecting in the completed forms

Apply now

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Digital Champion

Digital Champion Volunteer role includes:

  • help computer users to access Learn My Way to use online basics like using a mouse, touchscreen controls and setting up email addresses
  • signpost computer users to Online Plus for a range of services including online banking, forms, shopping online, and FaceBook
  • help with printing
  • help with accessing the library 24/7 service
  • help with downloading ebooks and audiobooks
  • help with scanning documents and attaching them to emails

Apply now

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Recruitment volunteer

Recruitment volunteer role includes:

  • take part in pre-interview training
  • take part on an interview panel or as part of a youth panel
  • ask the candidate questions
  • score the candidates answers
  • take part in the discussion after the interviews to select the youth panel's preferred candidate

Apply now

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Duke of Edinburgh students

Duke of Edinburgh students can complete work experience or volunteering in selected libraries.

Speak to the library manager about placement availability.

To apply contact the Apprenticeships Team at apprenticeships@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

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Other volunteering opportunities for young people

Find out about other volunteering opportunities.

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Opportunities for adults

Our adult volunteering programme is available in selected libraries, subject to vacancies and is role specific. Complete the online application form if you are interested in one of these vacancies.

Current volunteer roles for adults are listed below.

Volunteer roles for adults in libraries
LibraryRoleRole descriptionContact

Gillingham

Events and activities volunteer

Supporting Cultural events and artist residencies in Gillingham library

Gillingham Library Manager

Weymouth

Events and activities volunteer

Supporting Cultural events and artist residencies in Weymouth library

Weymouth Library Manager

Three Dorset Community Libraries at Beaminster, Crossways and Sturminster Newton also have volunteer support. Please contact the volunteer co-ordinator for the library in question before completing the online application form.

The eight Community Managed Libraries are not part of Dorset libraries and should be approached directly.

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Volunteering opportunities for adults with our partners

Some of the volunteers you see in libraries work for other organisations. Here are some ideas to get involved.

  • Code Club helps children learn to code in a computer club at the library. You must be over 18 to apply, but there is no upper age limit. If you would like to apply as an adult volunteer, read the Code Club volunteer role description then go to the Code Club website and register online. You must complete the Code Club mandatory training before we can link you to one of our clubs.
  • Royal Voluntary Service Home Library Service needs volunteers to deliver library books to housebound readers and help with book choices
  • Digital Champions help adults get to grips with technology using the Adult Skills and Learning Superfast Dorset Digital Champion initiative
  • Read Easy, working through community-based volunteer groups, offers a free, friendly, flexible approach to learning to read for any adult who either can't read at all, or who lacks confidence with reading. There are several groups in Dorset
  • Dorset Reading Partners is a charity that recruits, trains and equips volunteer reading partners to support children with their reading development, working mostly with schools and occasionally with libraries

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