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Volunteer Reader Leader

The Reader and Hackney Libraries

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We are looking for volunteers to lead virtual shared reading groups across the borough with older people who may struggle to get out.

Volunteers will receive on line training. They are asked to commit 2-3 hours each week to preparing and running their weekly group or 1:1 telephone reading sessions.

Shared reading - bringing poems and short stories to life through live reading aloud and group discussion. Shared reading is a powerful group experience that sparks connection, reflection and discovery.

By creating space for people of all backgrounds and life situations to explore what is read in the group and, by doing so, to develop meaningful relationships with others. Shared reading promotes confidence, improves wellbeing and builds communities.

To register your interest please click on the link and complete the form below.
Somebody from The Reader will get back to you within 5 working days.

The Reader - Recruitment Volunteer Team

Further location details may be provided below.

Under normal circumstances, various libraries and community centres in Hackney. Given current situation, groups are being lead virtually or via 1:1 telephone calls.


Two weeks



Basic IT skills - internet & email,Organising & Planning,Reading & Writing

A love of reading and desire to bring people together through great stories and poems Training and ongoing support provided Proficiency on Zoom, Google Meet.

Volunteers get a fully funded three-day training course and ongoing support. The Reader already supports more than 500 shared reading groups up and down the country each week, thanks to a growing movement of over 1,000 volunteers. An opportunity to bring people together in a unique and powerful way.

Volunteer Management,Befriending, Buddying & Mentoring,Community Work

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