The Reader Vacancy – Volunteer Co-Ordinator

Vacancy Reference Code: 20/2018 – Please quote this code on the application form

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.’’ – Confucius

Hours: Part-time (0.4 FTE contract)
Contract: Fixed Term for 3 years
Salary: £17,000 – £22,000 per annum, pro rata
Responsible to: Children and Young Person Manager
Based: Calderstones, Liverpool

About this post

We need somebody who has a deep connection with literature and experience working with children in the voluntary sector, to recruit and support a group of volunteers who will be working one to one with looked after children for a period of 6 months, as well supporting the children to then transition from reading one to one to attending local reading groups in community settings.

This project is funded by BBC Children in Need and is a new way for us to continue to deliver a long standing commitment to reading with Looked After Children in the North West of England. We aim to raise standards in literacy through promoting reading for pleasure. We know from UNESCO that “Reading for pleasure is the single most important thing that will make a child successful in life” and that Looked After Children are at a significant disadvantage educationally and in social and emotional terms. This project seeks to ameliorate that disadvantage as much as possible and we hope to encourage young people to see reading as a fun and life enhancing activity. Our innovative shared reading model is also important in building young people’s confidence and self esteem, and improving their mental and emotional well being as they develop a love of reading as a self soothing technique.

This role is suited to an energetic individual who can pass on knowledge, work flexibly in set structures, provide excellent support to a large number of volunteers, who wants to share best practice with other colleagues working with volunteers and can work under pressure.

How to Apply

Note: Please do not just send in a CV. We will only consider applications that follow the following process:

Visit www.thereader.org.uk and select the ‘Get Involved’ tab where you will be able to view the full job description and download an application form. Please complete the application form explaining how you meet the requirements of this role, to kateharrison@thereader.org.uk.

Deadline for applications: Monday 10 December 2018, 9am

NB: applications arriving after 9am will not be considered

A high volume of applications may make replies to everyone impossible.

Selection Process: If successful at shortlisting you will be invited to attend a panel interview. You may be required to complete a selection task at the interview if this is the case you will be informed of this prior to the interview date.

A high volume of applications may make replies to everyone impossible. If you have not heard from us by Wednesday 19 December 2018 then unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful.

Role to start as soon as possible.

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