Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Southend Bookstart.
Below are the opportunities available. Please tick which you are interested in.
Storyrhymes Leader
(Volunteer)
Storyrhymes Helper
(Volunteer)
Storyrhymes Leader
Your role will be to plan and deliver Storyrhyme sessions at libraries in the Southend borough.
To talk to families about the benefits of such language based activities and of early book-sharing.
To record information associated with the scheme and maintain confidentiality of this information.
To provide feedback to permanent staff serving the scheme.
As a volunteer you will meet new people, act as a role model to families, help to build stronger support
networks for families and become a vital link in the early years community.
You will be required to attend training and feedback meetings.
Storyrhymes Helper
Your role will be to assist the Storyrhyme Leader in their sessions at libraries in the Southend
borough.
To take responsibility for signing families in to the session and maintain confidentiality of any
information recorded.
To encourage new attendees to complete Family Contact Detail forms and maintain confidentiality
of these details.
To welcome and settle late arrivals to the session with minimal disruption.
To assist with the general running of the session e.g. distributing instruments and stickers etc.
To talk to families about the benefits of such language-based activities and of early book-sharing.
To provide feedback to permanent staff serving the scheme.
As a volunteer you will meet new people and build confidence in working with young children and their
families. You will be required to attend training and feedback meetings.
Required Aptitudes and Abilities
Aptitude for storytelling (leader role) and similar activities.
Good communication skills, especially listening and talking.
Friendly personality with a positive interest in working with children and parents/carers.
Reliable, particularly in terms of time-keeping.
Please return your completed application form to bookstart@southend.gov.uk or for further
information about volunteering with Bookstart telephone 01702 212120.
Bookstart Volunteer
Application Form
Personal details. Please print clearly.
Title
First Name
Address
Home number
Mobile number
Email address
Please tell us why you would like to be a volunteer.
Please tell us about any skills or experience you could bring to the volunteer role. This can be from
employment, volunteering, education, hobbies or other life experiences.
How did you find out about this volunteering opportunity?
Have you ever worked with or had experience of the following: (please tick box)
Children Families
If yes, briefly explain your involvement
Thank you for your interest in volunteer work with
Southend-on-Sea Borough Libraries
Please select the libraries at which you would be able to volunteer (mark in order of preference: 1, 2, 3 etc.)
Southend Shoeburyness
Kent Elms Leigh
Southchurch Westcliff
References
Please give the names of two referees who may be contacted. These should be people who know you well,
but to whom you are not related, and can supply character references.
Reference One
Title
First Name
Address
Telephone number
Email address
Reference Two
Title
First Name
Address
Telephone number
Email address
Declaration
I certify that, to the best of my knowledge, the information I have provided is true, and I
understand that any false information may result in the termination of volunteer working
arrangements with Southend on Sea Borough Libraries
Signature………………………………………………………………………………………………… Date……………………………………..
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