We are looking for volunteers to become Reader Leaders to set up and to run a weekly shared reading group within the community setting of their choice. Reader Leaders read aloud slowly and pause to ask open questions, gently facilitating discussion. Through our programme we aim to provide social inclusion to those who may experience loneliness. Our society uses technology for speed and efficiency of communication, however, there are still many people who exist on the other side of the digital divide. The elderly, people with disabilities, rough sleepers and many others may not have access to physical/digital social networks that provide meaningful connections with others. Response from a participant: "It's like family here isn't it!"
The Reader Leaders are supported by peers and the volunteer coordinator. We host a monthly coffee group where there is an opportunity to get feedback from the shared reading community.
The ideal candidates will be reliable, patient and kind, have a love or reading, and who want to build a sustainable relationship with their shared reading communities. Must be able to set up and run their own group. Many of our participants are vulnerable in different ways, they may have physical or mental disabilities, or experience hardships or instability. Shared reading is something they rely on for a ray of sunshine in their week.
As the volunteer will come into contact with vulnerable people a Police Check will be required.
Weekly shared reading sessions last around 90 minutes and prep time is spent familiarising yourself with a story and poem to read each week. Monthly coffee groups last an hour and are optional shared reading community get togethers. Training is currently delivered via 6 workshops over Zoom, two per week usually on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9am-1pm. When libraries are back to level 1 we can offer a 3 day intensive workshop instead- Friday/Saturday/Sunday.
We are looking for an ongoing commitment to this role.
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.