Volunteers needed for reading challenge

VOLUNTEERS aged 13 to 25 years old are needed to help out at West Sussex County Council’s Library Service’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Volunteers will be asked to spare time during the challenge to help families register, choose and discuss books, and to award medals and certificates for children who complete the challenge.

The free annual Summer Reading Challenge, which runs from Saturday July 16 to Saturday September 10, is aimed at 4 to 12 year olds who are asked to read up to six books from their local Library, winning awards at different stages. The theme this year is the circus.

All volunteers will get:

full training and support for the work

experience of working with children and families

a chance to develop new skills such as organisation, communication and teamwork

a certificate from Outset Youth Action showing the hours they have volunteered.

Deborah Urquhart, County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries, said: “Whether you can spare a few hours a week or a day, this is a great chance for young people to get involved in a community event and gain some skills.

“People could recommend books to the children that they used to read, and get involved in creating medals and badges.

“The Summer Reading Challenge is always a success, and brings children together as well as expanding their reading skills.”

To get involved, visit http://tinyurl.com/6yvyxr4 and click on the application form. Alternatively, visit your local Library for more details.