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Activity (Adults) Volunteer Role

Please note that as library events and activities are currently suspended due to the ongoing pandemic, our volunteer roles are on hold and we will not be recruiting new volunteers at present. Any applications received will be processed in due course.

Activity (Adult) Volunteer Role Description

Department

Libraries, Heritage and Archives

Supervised by

Library Manager

Purpose

To organise and run activity groups that meet in Bexley’s Libraries. Examples of current groups including sewing and knitting groups, games and chess clubs, reading groups, coffee mornings and family ancestry groups.

Location/Time

Groups meet on a regular basis. This could be weekly or monthly. The Activity Group Volunteer should be able to attend these meetings and be able to commit time beforehand to help with set up and preparing resources.

Tasks

With guidance from library staff to:

  • Lead and manage the activity group
  • Assist in preparing the practical arrangements for the group including preparing any equipment needed or setting up the space
  • Welcome new group members, engage and chat with attendees before, during and after each session and directing specific book or library enquiries to library staff
  • Help clear the area safely at the end of the session
  • Help staff to promote the activities of the group
  • Provide feedback to library staff as required

Skills and experience

  • Good communication skills
  • Polite, friendly and helpful manner
  • Good organisational skills
  • Commitment to equal opportunities and diversity
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Well-presented and able to positively represent the Library Service
  • This is a role that required a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective delivery of the event

Offer to volunteer

  • Experience volunteering in a library setting and as part of a team
  • Gain confidence in dealing with members of the public
  • Improve your customer care skills
  • Experience to show on your CV
  • Reference provided

Training

Volunteers will receive an induction to the library and appropriate training will be given. Volunteers in this role will need to able to carry out tasks independently but with guidance from staff.


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