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Make a Difference this Summer by helping children do the Summer Reading Challenge 2015

South Gloucestershire Council - 13th May 2015

South Gloucestershire’s Libraries are seeking volunteers to help children do the Summer Reading Challenge 2015. Volunteers will work as part of a friendly team and carry out a variety of tasks which include talking to children about the books they've been reading, helping children choose new books and assisting with holiday activities. The closing date for applications is 14 June. Volunteers must be aged 14 or over.

Make a Difference this Summer by helping children do the Summer Reading Challenge 2015

James aged 15 from Yate explained why he got involved: "Volunteering has made a big difference to me. This is because I am more aware now of how I can help others. In the case of the Summer Reading Challenge this was through encouraging children to read so, hopefully, they would enjoy it throughout their lives. It has improved my confidence by helping me speak to new people no matter what their age is."

Encouraging young people to take part Martin Burton, Community Cultural Services Manager for South Gloucestershire said "Volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge offers young people a unique and powerful volunteering opportunity to gain confidence, life skills and team work. There's nothing more inspiring for a child than having a teenage volunteer from their own community spurring them on to read."

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge runs from 11 July to 12 September, and the theme is Record Breakers. Once again children are challenged to read six books to collect their very own medal and certificate. Over 7300 children in South Gloucestershire took part in Mythical Maze, the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge.

For more information on how to get involved ask a member of staff at any South Gloucestershire library, phone 01454 868451 or email emma.fisher@southglos.gov.uk