Basingstoke Discovery Centre – Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers

Do you have time over the summer? Could you help the Discovery Centre to encourage children to

read 6 books over the summer (mid-July to mid-Sept)?  Make reading fun and inspirational for


Tasks include:

Registering children for the Summer Reading Challenge on a database (laptop)

Explaining how the Summer Reading Challenge works to parents / carers and children

Listen to children talking about the books they have read

Give out stickers to children and update their information on the database

Award certificates and medals to those children that complete the challenge.


The Summer Reading Challenge is a national scheme produced by the Reading Agency.

The theme this year is Space (to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing)


Must be 14+.  Also,  IT literate – must be able input data onto a laptop. Good communication skills – must be fluent with the English language. Be able to work as part of a team.  Friendly and approachable. Be able to relate to parents / carers and young children. Be punctual and reliable, attending all pre-booked sessions, or notifying staff is good time if unable to attend. Must be eligible to work in the UK. Local people preferred / no travelling expenses paid.  The Summer Reading Challenge takes place in all libraries.


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
    Open space, not alone with children
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Advised to volunteer at nearest library
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Recruitment Process
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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19/20 Westminster House
Festival Place
RG21 7LS

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