Duke of Edinburgh Award Volunteer

Brackley Library

Date posted: 11/03/2019

Purpose of the role

Are you working towards your bronze, silver or gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and need to complete some volunteering? Why not help your local community by volunteering at the library? All Northamptonshire Libraries accept applications from young people wanting to complete their DofE volunteering with us all year round. Please note you will need to be registered with DofE before you start volunteering, otherwise any volunteering time won’t count towards your award. Talk to your local coordinator at school or your youth group to find out how to register, or visit https://www.dofe.org/takepart/central-england/northamptonshire/. - Depending on how long you need to volunteer, libraries have a range of activities and projects you can get involved with. The list below is intended to provide suggestions; use it as a starting point to discuss with library staff what you want to achieve during your volunteering experience. Some of the activities listed below are all things that you can do during individual sessions at the library, but you could also try taking on a long term project over several weeks if you want to challenge yourself, especially if you are completing silver or gold levels.


What tasks may be involved?

  • Help library staff run their regular children’s activities, such as craft events, Lego Club, story times or book groups
  • Be a digital buddy; help visitors use library technology at set times during the week
  • Be a reading buddy; spend an hour a week talking to children about what they have been reading and make book recommendations
  • Create library displays
  • Design posters for library events
  • Promote the Reading Well for Young People Scheme in a creative way
  • Promote the YA area of your library, making displays, book reviews and drafting social media posts
  • Take photos and draft posts for social media
  • During the summer, help with the Sumer Reading Challenge
  • If you want to challenge yourself, you could plan and deliver a one off event for the library, such as an author visit, open mic night or a workshop
  • Plan and deliver a themed event for children or young people for Libraries Week, Harry Potter Night, World Book Night, Star Wars Day, Sumer Reading Challenge, for example.
  • Plan and deliver a series of craft or activity sessions for children or other young adults
  • Make a short film promoting the library
  • Visit local schools or colleges to promote the library
  • Set up a reading group for children or young people. At the end of your volunteering you could train another volunteer to continue the group.
  • Set up a Reading Hack group for young people to take part in creative reading activities (best suited for older DofE volunteers)

What qualities or skills would be useful?

  • A willingness to help others
  • The ability to work unsupervised or as part of a team
  • Good communication skills
  • Basic numeracy and literary and IT skills

What would the benefits be for me?

  • Gain the volunteer hours and evidence to complete your Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Help develop the YA offer in your library
  • Gain experience for your CV and job applications
  • Meet new people and be part of the Library Plus team
  • Receiving a reference from the Library Manager


Times when the opportunity is taking place.

DBS check required?



To find out more about the organisation, go to www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/brackleylibrary


Brackley Library, Manor Road, Brackley. NN13 6AJ.

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