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Volunteer

Over half the UK population use public libraries. But, in a world of increasing need, there are decreasing resources. That’s why we need people to volunteer in our libraries more than ever. 

There are a variety of ways you can support your library service, while at the same time meeting new people and developing new skills. Just contact your local library to find out how you can help. 

Friends’ groups 

Friends’ groups welcome people from all parts of the community who share an interest in books and libraries.  

From raising funds for books and special projects to helping publicise and promote the library service, friends’ groups undertake a range of key activities.   

Currently, there are friends’ groups at Christchurch, Highcliffe, Canford Cliffs and Canford Heath libraries, as well as at Bournemouth Music Library.  

Code Club  

Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school clubs for children aged 9 to 11.  

We're always looking for people with coding skills to volunteer to run a club at their local library for an hour a week. There’ll be someone there to support you and we provide all the materials you'll need to help get children excited about digital making. 

Email katy.waters@bcpcouncil.gov.uk if you’re interested in helping. 

Digital Champions 

Digital champions at our libraries help computer, tablet and mobile phone users with online basics like using a mouse and setting up an email address. They also provide advice on social media and safe online banking and shopping. 

Reading Hack 

Reading Hack is a programme of reading-related activities led by young people aged 13 to 24. 

Volunteering is a rewarding experience and a great way to develop skills, meet new people and gain experience that can go on your CV. In supporting your community by helping others to enjoy reading, you’ll also have a lot of fun. 

Those doing the volunteering part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and other accreditation schemes are welcome. 

Email katy.waters@bcpcouncil.gov.uk if you’re interested in helping.