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Our roles

Volunteers are a valued and central part of East Sussex Libraries. Volunteering allows you to meet new people, learn new skills and give something back to your community.

There are lots of different volunteering roles in our local libraries:

  • Rhymetime and Storytime volunteer – share the joy of reading and rhymes with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers at our popular Rhymetime and Storytime sessions
  • Homework and Activity Club volunteer –  supporting primary school children and their families with learning support, as well as running fun enrichment activities. This role is available at Eastbourne, Hastings, and Uckfield Libraries.
  • Home library service/Reading Friends volunteer – choosing, packing and delivering library materials to people who are unable to get to a library easily. Sharing the love of books by chatting about reading.
  • Adult reading mentor – Support emergent readers aged 16 and over by offering one-to-one support with phonics-based teaching.
  • Code Club volunteer mentor – helping children to learn computer coding in a library setting.
  • Computer buddy – helping people to use computers in the library.
  • Family history volunteer – a great opportunity for a family history expert to share their skills and knowledge with library customers.
  • IT for You mentor – helping customers to learn basic IT skills to improve their access to services and employment.
  • Digital Buddy – Helping people become more confident using laptops and tablets at home.
  • Bookends bookshop volunteer – serving customers and managing stock at the bookshop in Eastbourne Library.
  • Reading Friends Group Facilitator - run informal, friendly sessions using reading (in any format) as a way of sparking conversations and forging friendships.
  • 'English as an Additional Language' support volunteer – assist with an 'English at the Library' course at Hastings library to support people who have recently arrived in the UK.
  • Summer Reading Challenge volunteer - working in the library the Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer encourages children to enrol in the challenge, and motivates them to continue giving out rewards for each book read