20 January 2014

Volunteers are needed to help with a new homework plus service about to be launched in Northamptonshire County Council’s libraries.

What is Homework Plus?

The new homework plus service will support secondary school children who could benefit from additional tuition in maths, English and science as well as tips on study skills and revision plus homework support.

The homework plus service is an extension of the homework clubs already operating in the county’s libraries which see hundreds of children enjoy free support and a great study environment with easy access to a wide range of study materials that they may not have at home.

Volunteer roles available

  • Homework Club Plus Leaders – these volunteers will lead and plan the session, assisting tuition and supporting children with completing their homework. When the homework is completed or none has been set there is the opportunity for the Homework Club Plus Leaders to create and lead activities, projects or games that will support skills development.

  • Homework Club Plus Helpers – these volunteers will support children and young people with finding information and offer guidance on completing homework as well as help with fun activities at the end of the session. This role is also suitable for a young person (aged 14 plus).

Deputy leader and cabinet member for customers and communities Councillor Heather Smith said: “This is a chance to get involved and make a real difference to the life of a young person by helping them to get the most out of their education.

“We’re looking for volunteers who have a spare two or three hours a week and experience of working with children and young people who can help them access information and resources for their studies.

“You might be a retired teacher for example or perhaps you are planning a career working with children and are looking for some useful work experience.

“These clubs would not be possible without volunteers who give up their time and work hard to create positive experiences for young people.”

For more information people can apply online or speak to the manager at their local library.

Details of other volunteering opportunities are available at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/getinvolved