Young volunteers

The Young Volunteer programme has been running since 2011, and since then over 250 young people aged between 14 and 17 have assisted us delivering the Summer Reading Challenge, choosing books for us to buy as well as other services and activities in the libraries. This valuable experience has seen many of our young volunteers successfully progress to employment.

Volunteering has improved my confidence and perception of working life. Also gave me an opportunity to practice work skill like customer services

Young volunteer, 2016

Current opportunities

This winter we are looking for young volunteers aged 14 and above to assist us with the Winter Book Challenge.  This is a reading programme for children aged five and under (with their parents and carers) and young people aged up to 17 years.

Who can volunteer

Our Young Volunteer programme is open to all young people aged 14 to 17. You do not need to live in Southwark to apply.

Why become a volunteer

Volunteering can be incredibly rewarding as well as a lot of fun. It also has a whole range of benefits including a chance to improve communication and interpersonal skills, gain work experience with a local authority and improve future employment prospects, as well as working towards achieving the volunteer section of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

What does it involve

We have a range of different volunteer roles including assisting primary school children with understanding their homework, helping out with events, conducting surveys in the library or assisting with reading challenges. Some roles last just a few hours in total, some are a few hours a week for a limited number of months and others are on a more ongoing basis. You can sign up for whatever sort of role and number of hours suits you.

Get started

Please get in touch to find out more details about which Young Volunteer roles we are currently recruiting for.

Page last updated: 15 December 2017