Have you ever thought about volunteering to gain satisfaction, skills, social contact and the 'feel good' factor? Volunteers can support Surrey libraries and library users in many ways. We have around 20 different roles and are also open to suggestions for new ways to help us deliver activities.
Customer Support Volunteer
For example, Lorraine is a Customer Support Volunteer at Merstham Library. Following training she now helps people use the library alongside staff. On a typical day she welcomes people, helps them use our libraries website and the self-service kiosks, and supports various routines such as unpacking book crates, locating books and other resources, shelving and presenting books. Sharing her hobby, Lorraine has also set up a Knit and Natter group at the library.
She says, "I enjoy the variety in helping out at the library, as well as meeting people. It's nice to have something to get out and about for".
Alison is a volunteer at Banstead Library. She uses nursery rhymes to help children with their language and literacy development. Every week she sings a mixture of the same traditional and modern nursery rhymes, complete with puppet animals and musical instruments. She has been a Rhymetime volunteer at the library for five years after finding out about it from the Surrey Libraries website www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraryvolunteers
"Its good fun. I enjoy seeing the children getting older and developing. Some of them came as babies sitting on laps, then before you know it they have learnt the actions to the songs because they have been coming week after week. It's nice to see them enjoying what I am doing".
How to volunteer?
Apart from being incredibly rewarding, a volunteering experience can help you with career goals, or keep skills alive.
You can offer a regular time commitment, which doesn't need to be weekly, or occasional event support. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, aged 14 and upwards. After expressing an interest on our website you would be offered a chat at a library depending on your preferences. We will help you find out more about volunteering and together decide if it's right for you.
If you would like to get involved you can find out more about the full range of volunteering roles through the library website, or asking in one of our branches. Alternatively Email us at Libraries@surreycc.gov.uk, or phone the Libraries Information Service on: 01483 543599.