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!"
You can also be a support person for a group - which does not require Read to Lead training. You will team up with a trained Reader Leader and they will guide you as to the support required for that community. Examples could range from taking notes on the session or making cups of tea!
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.
Double Pfizer vaccination is also necessary for entry into care homes and libraries.
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.
We are looking for an ongoing commitment to this role.We have so many exciting groups planned for this year!
MOST GROUPS WILL BE ON ZOOM DURING RED LIGHT
We are currently looking for team members for these groups:
Rānui library, Fridays 10:30 -12:00
Whangaparaoa library, currently paused for Red Light
Helensville library, 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 2pm -3:30pm
Warkworth library, Thursdays 10am- 12 noon
Birkenhead library, tbc
Highland Park Library, paused for Red Light
Mandarin Shared Reading 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m
... and more!
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.