Did you know that not only does volunteering make a huge impact to the library service, and our community, volunteering can also benefit you! If you choose one of our exciting, varied volunteering opportunities with Hampshire Libraries you will have the chance to…
- Give your CV a boost – A survey by TimeBank of some of the UK’s leading businesses and 73% said they’d employ someone who’s volunteered over someone who hasn’t.
- Improve your confidence – You’ll learn and do things that you might not normally get the chance to – this can be a real confidence boost.
- Meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests.
- Provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment.
- Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against stress and depression when you’re going through challenging times.
Our volunteers support us in so many ways, here are a just a few of the different activities you can get involved with…
The Summer Reading Challenge runs every year from July to September, and last year Hampshire Libraries supported over 24,000 4 -11 year olds to maintain reading skills across the summer holidays. This year the Summer Reading Challenge is themed around “Animal Agents”, and we expect it to be our busiest yet. We need the support of volunteers to help with registering children in our branches, talking to them about what they have read, and providing encouragement for them by handing out rewards like stickers and medals. Apply online using our easy form today.
Hampshire Libraries has launched an exciting new after school programme, supporting 9-11 year olds to learn to code. In association with Code Club South East, using their innovative 3 term schedule, children take part in coding projects, starting from the basics of Scratch. They are being encouraged to share ideas, and pursue digital activities, whilst learning in a hands-on environment. You don’t need to be a Coding expert, we can provide all the training you need, but you do need to be confident using a computer. Take a look and apply online today.
If a member of the community can’t get to the library due to ill-health, disability or caring responsibilities the library can come to them. Hampshire Libraries can arrange for them to have library books delivered to their home on a regular basis. At least once a month, volunteers select and deliver material to suit the reading preferences of the reader, and return items to the library for them. Apply online using our easy form today.