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Nottingham City Libraries aren't just about lending books. They provide information, access to computers, a community space in which people feel welcomed, activities for adults and children and even English language support. Nottingham City Libraries set out to inspire, challenge and support the general public. They are always looking for volunteers to help out in a range of different projects.

About your role

Roles range from working with the public, helping with family-friendly events, assisting people learning English. For the majority of roles, no specialist knowledge is required; you just need buckets of enthusiasm, a friendly can-do attitude and a willingness to get stuck in. There are currently four different projects you can get involved in.

Homework Help

As a Homework Help Volunteer you can help children and young people with homework and study tasks which they have brought with them to the library. This can include curriculum based work, encouraging them to improve their reading skills and enjoyment of reading, plus any other activities that homework club provides for them, on a one-one basis or in small groups.

 As a Homework Help Volunteer you will be:

  • Helping children to choose suitable books, listening to them read a school reading book or library book and helping them with difficult words or passages.
  • Helping young people to read and understand tasks and information.
  • Talking about books, reading stories etc. to ensure they are reading with understanding.
  • Giving one to one help with specific tasks such as simple maths, spelling practice etc.
  • Supervising and encouraging the children ensuring they are safe, comfortable and happy.

Language Cafe

This is a unique and rewarding role which offers opportunity to support and encourage Nottingham’s diverse communities to learn and develop languages, share knowledge, and meet new people in a relaxed, inclusive environment. Our innovative and exciting Language Café is free and runs weekly on a Saturday afternoon (1pm-3pm) from Nottingham Central Library. You will be an integral part of a team of volunteers doing tasks such as…

  • Preparing the room including setting up refreshments, books etc
  • Welcoming and registering new members and matching them appropriately based on chosen language
  • Teach and converse with participants using your own language skills
  • Support and encourage people to teach their chosen language to others

Conversation Group 

Learning English is an important part of integrating into Nottingham. This is a rewarding opportunity to join a team of volunteers who support and encourage people from different cultures to improve their spoken English skills through stimulating and varied conversation in relaxed groups. Key tasks include:

  • Planning and delivering weekly conversation sessions to mixed ability English learners 
  • Ensuring sessions are fun, interesting and of value by using a wide range of appropriate discussion topics and providing materials such as newspapers
  • Support individuals to take an active part in group conversations through encouragement and motivation
  • Completing and submitting basic weekly attendance records to help monitor and develop the service

Storysmash

Help to support the delivery of Storysmash – an innovative project connecting reading and creative writing. You can help use creative gaming to develop confidence and new skills for those aged 11-25 years in Nottingham. Funded by Arts Council England and delivered in partnership with the National Videogame Foundation and UNESCO City of Literature, 6 week courses are available in a range of Nottingham Libraries. You will join a team of volunteers to deliver the project carrying out the following tasks…

  • Engage with participants during workshops to support creativity and content development of game
  • Support participants to use Twine, an open source tool enabling the creation of interactive stories (training will be given)
  • Feedback any concerns, suggestions or ideas to the Project Manager to support the development of Storysmash

Commitment

The Commitment depends on which project you choose to volunteer with. Usually it will be a Minimum of 1 term; attending one session per week. Your level of commitment will be agreed with the charity before you start volunteering. 

How to find us

The roles take place in various Libraries across Nottingham - they will help you find a library in a location to suit you.

Other information

Volunteers for all projects will be invited for an induction and supported throughout their volunteering journey by an experienced member of library staff. 

Nottingham city Libraries are looking for enthusiastic, reliable volunteers with good communication skills, that able to work as part of a team and can empathise and converse with people from all backgrounds and communities. 

Application Process

1) Click on the 'Register Your Interest' button to contact the SVC for more details

2) We will give you the contact details to email the specific project coordinator.

3) They will invite you in for an informal meeting or a Volunteer Open Day to discuss the role and fill in an application from

4) They will invite you along to a session to have a go at volunteering, if you enjoy the session you can keep going!

If you fancy getting involved, register your interest now!