Reading Friends

Reading Friends is an exciting new UK-wide programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, which connects people by starting conversations through reading. Delivered by volunteers and co-produced with older people, Reading Friends meet regularly to chat and share stories in groups or one-to-one sessions. It aims to empower, engage and connect older people who are vulnerable and isolated, people with dementia and carers.
Duration: Ongoing
When can volunteers volunteer? Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

This grid shows when you can volunteer for this organisation. E.G Monday morning.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Tasks the volunteer will be required to do:

The volunteers will support sessions by providing refreshments and helping the elderly. They will also be required to report attendance figures and how well the session went to the Library Development Officer at Oldham Library.

Skill and Qualifications Required:

Good communication skills.
Friendly and outgoing.

Areas of Interest: Disability, Health and wellbeing, Libraries, Older people, Social Welfare
Opportunity suitable for: 16-17 year olds, Employee Volunteers, Indoor, Older people, People seeking work, School students, University students, With friends
What activities will the volunteer do? Befriending, Care work, Support Work
Skills gained in this role: Listening, Organising, Reading and writing, Talking to others, Teamwork
Home based opportunity? No
DBS Check Required: Yes
Opportunity Accessibility: Clearly marked accessible parking spaces, Step free access clearly signposted into the building, Automatic opening doors, Lift to other floors / step free access throughout the building, Accessible toilets, Area for assistance dogs nearby, The volunteering location is not accessible

About the host organisation

Hosted by: Oldham Library Service
Organisation Profile: Oldham Council libraries provides access, through a network of 12 libraries and a Library At Home Service, to a creative and wide range of services, including: • Resources available for loan such as books and audio-visual materials. • Reference titles • Digital resources (including e-books) • Internet access • Community and study spaces • Events and activities At the heart of our library offer is a high quality information service that supports the development of knowledge, enabling customers of all ages and walks of life to make intellectual journeys and develop their skills. The libraries are a community hub where all are welcome whatever their background. They offer a safe space for everyone. Alongside being a facility for free information and reading, Oldham Council libraries offers access to many other services, including for example, IT literacy courses, Job Clubs and live theatre performances. Oldham Council libraries actively supports the Council’s commitment to creating a co-operative future; one where citizens, partners and staff work together to improve the borough. Our core values are encompassed within the word FORWARD and are as follows: • Fairness • Openness • Responsibility • Working Together • Accountability • Respect • Democracy