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We have a number of volunteering roles in our libraries, which are open to volunteers over the age of 16.
Volunteers help to extend and enhance the services we provide. They give support for everyday activities, helping alongside our staff, to improve community access to the service.
In addition to the everyday activities volunteers have opportunities in some libraries to help support special projects or events such as the Southwell Poetry Festival, Readers’ Days and various cultural or reading based activities. Similarly, volunteers who are interested in becoming more involved with children’s activities may help library staff with their promotion, preparation and assist with the supervision and smooth running of craft activities and events.
To apply for any of our roles, please download an application form. If you have any questions, then please email email@example.com
Volunteering in a library is a great way to meet new people, make new friends, enhance existing skills and develop new ones.
In general, a Library Volunteer should be prepared to commit to a regular time - a three or four hour session a week or fortnight, however, for special events or activities support may involve one off evening or weekend sessions.
Occasionally, an event or a library promotional activity may take place outside of a library building, for example a village fete or a special cultural event, but in all cases volunteers will have been consulted on supporting this and will always help alongside library staff.
We will provide a full introductory training package and ask you to commit to undertake future training as and when the role may require it.
To help you during your volunteering experience you will also have the opportunity to have regular meetings for support and guidance from a named member of library staff, the frequency of which will be mutually agreed.
In addition to the above general Library Volunteer role there are opportunities for people with particular skills and interest to become a Local Studies Library Volunteer, a Mobile Library Volunteer or an IT Volunteer.
Inspire runs a free IT training programme called "Try IT". It provides basic, informal IT training to members of the public, often on a one to one basis.
If you have a special interest in local and family history, then helping in one of our larger libraries’ local studies library may be of interest to you.
In general, a mobile Library Volunteer should be prepared to commit to a regular session once or twice a month. Mobile libraries can be away from their base library for up to seven hours although some sessions are shorter than others depending on the route served. It may also be possible to volunteer for shorter periods by independently meeting the mobile at some point during the day.
Toilet facilities are available on board the mobile library.
Mobile libraries are based at Southwell, Worksop and Kirkby-in-Ashfield.
We’d love you to join us! By becoming a member of Inspire you will be able to have your say on how the society works and develops.
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