Online Reading Volunteer
Doorstep Library Online Reading Volunteers visit the same families online via Zoom every week to share their love of reading with the children they visit.
Our volunteers don’t just read stories though; they do silly voices, handpick the e-books, and give special recommendations for each child.
Through our long-term approach, our volunteers build trusting relationships with families, helping to connect them with the community and signposting to additional sources of local support. We are there to support children and families who need us most.
Our online projects run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. We have a weekly volunteer opportunity or a stand-in opportunity. Stand-ins fill in for when regular volunteers aren't available and volunteer every 3 weeks.
Time Commitment: Weekly or every 3 weeks if you are a Stand-in volunteer
Hours per week: 2 hours
Doorstep Library is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and all those it comes into contact with. All volunteers undergo rigorous safer recruitment processes including specified interview questions, a DBS check, and the collection of written and/or verbal references. Safeguarding training is a mandatory part of the induction process for all volunteers, and they are expected to always adhere to our safeguarding policies and procedures.
Skills / experience needed
Be able to make a regular weekly commitment if you are a regular volunteer or every 3 weeks if you are a Stand-in volunteer, during school term time of at least 9 months
Enjoy spending time with children and believe in education for all
Have comfortable fluency in English
Be non-judgmental and respectful of a variety of lifestyles and children's learning
Have excellent communication skills - be able to listen to families and communicate efficiently with Team Leaders (including via text/emails/calls with Doorstep Library staff)
Be confident in using technology – for connecting with families via Zoom and completing records
Be organised - be able to multi-task in a multi-faceted role comprising of much more than solely reading to children
Be reliable - always attending a pre-agreed session and giving plenty of notice in advance of absences
Be friendly - to build good relationships with families, your volunteer partner and the rest of the team
Be confident - to lead the session or mentor a new volunteer
Be patient, persistent and flexible - tailoring your approach to each family's needs.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.