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South West: Region of Readers Project Volunteer Reader Leaders

Volunteer Reader Leaders required to facilitate Shared Reading Groups in libraries as part of a new project, South West: Region of Readers.

South West: Region of Readers is an innovative project involving six South West library services that will involve local people in Shared Reading. With support from Arts Council England, the project is being developed with The Reader, an award-winning charitable social enterprise working to connect people with great literature through shared reading.


What will you do?

You will be responsible for delivering a shared reading session on a weekly basis in a group of up to12 adults. A group session will last for up to 1.5 hours. Activities will include:

  • Choosing and preparing texts in advance of each reading session
  • Creating a safe and welcoming environment
  • Leading shared reading sessions
  • Sharing Welcome Packs with new readers
  • Maintaining records about each reading session
  • Collecting monitoring and evaluation data, as required


What will you get out of it?

  • An opportunity to become part of the shared reading community
  • Develop confidence
  • Enhance your CV
  • Enabling other people to benefit from shared reading
  • Training that will enable you to deliver shared reading
  • Opportunities for you to enrich the lives of other people
  • Regular and ongoing support from a friendly and supportive team


What do we expect from you?

  • Able to volunteer with the support of The Reader and Library Contact
  • Reliability and flexibility
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Patience with those who are unable to communicate clearly and/or are less confident
  • Able to ask for help when needed
  • Have a warm, calm and friendly manner that reflects The Reader’s ethos and values
  • Feedback to The Reader staff or Library Contact if you have particular concerns or difficulties
  • Ability to remain resilient and show compassion to members of the community
  • Have a responsible approach to health and safety


Full training with The Reader is provided. The training will comprise one full day in advance of your introduction to any reading with participants followed by three half day sessions throughout the first three months of your practice.


The Reader has a strong track record in delivering high quality services. Making sure that we have the right people in the right roles is an organisational priority and extends to our volunteering community. As part of the recruitment process for this role we’ll invite you to a shared reading group/information session, to complete an application form and attend a one-to-one meeting to explore the role. We’ll also request references.


So if you love reading and want to help build your community, improve wellbeing and reduce social isolation, call the project co-ordinators to find out more.


For further information, please contact the Project Co-ordinators:


Sammy Weaver

(for Bristol/Wiltshire/South Gloucestershire)

07812 238532



Emma Crago

(for Bournemouth, Dorset, Poole)

07970 247410



Website: www.thereader.org.uk

Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/thereaderorg

Twitter: @thereaderorg




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