Baby Bounce & Rhyme sessions at Cheltenham library involve nursery rhymes, songs, bells, rattles, bouncing and clapping, wiggling and jiggling for babies up to 18 months and their grown-ups. It’s silly and fun, but also a great way to for grown ups and babies to communicate and bond. We need volunteers to help with the sessions to make sure that everyone attending gets to participate fully and also explore what else the library has to offer.
Cheltenham library really values its volunteers. An individual staff will be allocated as your main contact and you’ll receive all the training that you need to be a confident, successful and effective Baby Bounce & Rhyme volunteer. You’ll have a review after 3 or 4 sessions to make sure are comfortable in your volunteering role.
As a Baby Bounce volunteer you’d help prepare and tidy away the children’s library area for the session by putting out chairs and cushions, toys and the books. You’ll meet, greet and settle the adults and babies so everyone feels warmly welcomed. For new parents or carers just getting out of the house can be challenging, so it is essential that their experience at the library is as positive and hassle free and that all the staff and volunteers are welcoming and friendly. You’ll need to be able to relate to very young children and their families, but you don’t have to have had those experiences yourself.
You will participate in, or if you feel able, even lead the session. This will involve reading or telling stories, poems and rhymes and singing along to the songs with actions and encouraging everyone else to join in too. Sometimes the grown ups can suffer from a little bit of embarrassment doing this (the babies instinctively know how much fun it is and suffer no such hang up!) so you may need to support and encourage everyone to participate, by being unabashed in your own singing, wriggling and jiggling and enjoyment of the session. You’ll need to be happy singing in public and while some musical ability would be an advantage, enthusiasm and being comfortable in taking part is much more important that being pitch perfect. Babies are a very generous audience!
You’ll also need to promote the different Bookstart packs that every new born baby and toddler receive for free. You might also find yourself helping find or recommending new books and stories for the adults and children to borrow from the library to enjoy at home.
The different baby bounce and rhyme sessions take place at Cheltenham library on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am - 10.30am during term time. We need volunteers to help with all of the sessions, but you could commit to just one of the sessions each week, or be part of both of them if you prefer.
Cheltenham library is keen to make all its volunteering positions accessible to all. The children’s library has level access (the main library has ramped access to the rear) with automatic doors and pay and display parking near by.
Many other libraries are also looking for Baby Bounce and Rhyme sessions volunteers so if you like the sound of this challenge, but the location or days are not suitable for you, why not look at challenges for other locations. At the moment the following libraries are seeking Baby Bounce and Rhyme volunteers: Bishops Cleeve; Bourton-on-the-Water; Chipping Campden; Churchdown; Dursley; Fairford; Gloucester; Hesters Way; Longlevens; Lydney; Matson; Moreton; Newent; Quedgeley; Stonehouse; Stow; Tewkesbury; Tuffley; Up Hatherley; Winchcombe and Wotton-under-Edge.
If you would like more information about this volunteering opportunity without committing yourself to it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why get involved?
By volunteering at Baby Bounce and Rhyme sessions you’ll be helping families gain and use vital skills to communicate and bond with their babies. Reading, singing to and talking with young children is vital in building up and developing their language and listening skills, so your help at the sessions will be a real investment in those children’s futures. You’ll also be helping foster a love of books and reading right from the beginning of a child’s life. A truly momentous gift to give. If you have used these sessions with your own children (although it isn’t essential to be a parent for this role), it is a great chance to share your own experiences and tips you got from them with other parents.
You’ll also gain practical hands on experience in working with young families. If you are considering a career in this area then previous volunteer experience in the field is often essential to gaining employment. It is also a very sociable role, so great for developing new friendships. And as you’ll be in the library regularly you’ll be in prime place to spot all those new books to borrow as soon as they come in!
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Await a response from Gloucestershire Library Service with more information
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