Volunteer champions

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Looking to add something worthwhile and rewarding to your 2018 to-do list? Volunteering at Wanstead Library could be the answer, says Development Librarian Rose Meredith.

Volunteering is rewarding and changes lives. It enables you to give your time to help in your local area, which benefits the whole community. Redbridge Libraries are welcoming spaces; whether you want to develop your skills, make new friends or just make a difference, then we have opportunities to suit you.

At Wanstead Library, our friendly Volunteer Champions are available to help you with finding the right role for you and will show you the kinds of opportunities available locally. One of our current roles is helping the public with basic computer skills. This might involve helping disabled people with their Blue Badge applications or it may involve assisting someone with their iPad.

We also have a role suitable for a student to help once a month on a Saturday with Cantonese Playtime. Cantonese is not required, just a sense of fun!

There are also Story and Rhyme Time sessions on Wednesday afternoons – a well-attended fun group with lots of local mums and children singing songs and listening to stories. It's only half an hour once a week, but you will also assist in setting it up and saying goodbyes, and of course, it's open to anyone who has a sense of fun and an interest in participating in singing. Operatic voices are not required, just the love of having fun with children.

We encourage a wide range of people from all age groups and backgrounds to apply for our diverse range of volunteering roles. We have a small team of dedicated volunteers at Wanstead Library who really enjoy participating in the life of their community.

Or perhaps you would be interested in becoming a home library service volunteer, delivering books to people who are now unable to get to the library due to illness or disability but who still want to read? We try to match volunteers up with someone near to where they live, so cars can stay parked at home.

You know where your local library is, so do drop in and discover what we do. Ask for the Volunteer Champion and they will tell you about all the opportunities currently available.

Our volunteers say they get lots of personal satisfaction from volunteering with us, and they get to meet new people in their community. It's a great way to be involved.

For more information on library locations in Redbridge, visit wavidi.co/libraries or call 020 8708 7400. Redbridge Library Service is managed by Vision RCL on behalf of Redbridge Council.

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