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Young volunteers needed for the Summer Reading Challenge

09 May 2018

Are you aged 16 to 24 and looking for something to do during the summer holidays? Then volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge could be for you.

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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is calling for volunteers aged 16 to 24 to commit a minimum of ten hours over the summer holidays for the 'Reading Hack' programme.

Led by young people, it aims to give them something fun to do over the holidays while gaining skills and experience.

They will help staff run the challenge, talk to children about the books they've been reading and help to deliver activities and events.

Every year the Summer Reading Challenge encourages thousands of children aged four to 11 read six library books.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "Volunteering as part of the Summer Reading Challenge is a brilliant way to gain valuable experience and boost your employment prospects.  

"It can also increase your confidence, social skills and literacy, while making a positive contribution to your local community.

"The initiative also keeps young people engaged in using libraries at an age when it is common for them to stop."

For a volunteer role description and registration form contact Lucy Carlton-Walker on 01642 528501 or email

The deadline to register is Friday, June 1.