OPP OF THE DAY: Activities and Events Volunteer, DACHS

Supporting and promoting events and activities for customers of all ages within libraries by:Library

– Helping to plan and develop activities which may be one off events e.g. an author event, or a series of events e.g. Big Book Fortnight, Black History Month, Summer Reading Challenge etc.
– Helping to organise and lead regular events, for example, monthly reading groups for adults, Family Reading Groups and weekly Rattle and Rhyme Sessions and craft for children
– Promoting the event to adults, children and families, for example by designing and/or delivering leaflets, posters, displays etc
– Assisting with the event and activity sessions in the library
– Helping library staff members get ready for the event by preparing materials and equipment. Also helping to clear away afterwards
– Meeting and greeting customers to the event and directing them to the event location
– Talking to customers about the activity, gathering feedback
– Preparing and offering refreshments.
– Presenting both yourself and the service in a positive way and promoting forthcoming library events
– To support the undertaking of consultation and surveys- interacting with library users and potential users e.g. Visitor and Enquiry Counts, CIPFA surveys, where doubling up of staff has to take place, especially at Links.
– Encourage and motivate users to complete events/activities, such as the 6 Book Challenge

Some of the benefits are:
– Gain experience of planning, delivering, promoting and
– helping with events/activities
– Gain experience of working with people
– Opportunity to increase self-confidence
– Meet and socialise with other local people with shared interests
– Valuable training and experience that can be included in CVs and job applications

Activities and events take place throughout the year. Some events may be held in the evening, others during the day, and others at the weekend.

Reading Groups (and similar events) are regular events that are held once a month. Volunteers who would like to run a reading group would expect to be able to attend the reading group once a month.
Some activities and events will last 2/3 hours, others may be shorter.

You will normally be expected to volunteer in a library. This may be your local library or another library of your choice if the opportunities are available there.

Library events and activities occasionally take place at other non-library venues, for example in community venues. If you are interested in getting involved alongside library staff, this could also be part of your volunteering role.

On arrival volunteers will sign in and report to their supervisor, be given a badge and report to their supervisor on leaving.

This opportunity would suit someone who:
– Enjoys interacting with people of all ages
– Good social interaction skills, to be able to welcome customers into the libraries with a friendly and approachable manner
– Has a confident, outgoing personality
– Has good communication skills
– Has or wants to develop event management skills
– Has or wants to develop promotional skills
– Is interested in books, reading and libraries
– Is punctual and reliable.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO APPLY please contact:

Halesowen Library
Tel: 01384 812982

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