Regular Help

Longlevens Library Book Delivery Volunteer

Longlevens library is keen that all members of its community are able to access its services. To ensure that people who are unable to leave their house easily or without assistance are still able to enjoy a wide range of printed and audio books, the libraries run a delivery service with volunteers.

 

Longlevens 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 Book Delivery volunteer. You’ll have a review after 3 or 4 sessions to make sure are comfortable in your volunteering role.

 

What's involved?

Book Delivery volunteers go out to the houses of people who are unable to easily visit their local libraries in person, or who are unable to carry books home, to deliver them a selection of printed and audio books that they might be interested in. (The picking of the books is done by the library book selection volunteers who ensure that the books that are sent match that person’s interests). Deliveries are also made to care and residential homes.

An initial visit is made by the volunteer and a member of library staff to any new customers wanting to access the service, to assess their requirements and how often the books will be delivered. The volunteer will then return on their own at either two, three or four week intervals to deliver new collections of printed and / or audio books and take back the books that have been read. There is a good amount of time flexibility within this role, as you can negotiate delivery times between you, the library and the customers.

 

As you would imagine this volunteer role requires a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) Enhanced check as you will be going into people’s homes. The library service will help you with all the necessary paperwork for the DBS check to be undertaken.

 

You will need a reasonable level of fitness for this volunteering role, as some of the books can be quite heavy. You’ll also require your own transport to be able to deliver the books, or be willing to carry the books on public transport. Most importantly you will be friendly and personable and able to relate to the people you are bringing the books too. You’ll need to be able to share your love of reading and books and understand the importance of reading for people of all ages.

 

Longlevens library is keen to make all its volunteering positions accessible to all. The library has flat access and automatic doors and an accessible toilet. There is dedicated parking for people with access needs as well.

 

Some of our Book Delivery volunteers work from a few libraries so you might like to consider volunteering in the same role at Churchdown or Gloucester libraries.

 

If you would like more information about this volunteering opportunity without committing yourself to it, please email libhelp@gloucestershire.gov.uk

 

Why get involved?

By volunteering as a Book Delivery volunteer you are making sure that being unable to easily leave home is not a barrier to accessing the libraries printed and audio books. It is a very sociable role - many of the customers who receive book deliveries really enjoy their chat and contact with the delivery volunteers and all of our volunteers agree they enjoy the chance to get out there and visit and chat with people in their communities.  It also will give you the chance to see and find out about new books and ones you may not have considered reading before, so it is bound to broaden your reading tastes as well.

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge
  3. Await a response from Gloucestershire Library Service with more information 

Ideal Skills

  • Customer Service
  • Reading/Storytelling
  • Working independently

Ideal Interests

  • Community Work
  • Learning and Education
  • Visitor Service/ Front of House

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