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Middlesbrough Promise Volunteer

A volunteer is needed to support various activities related to the Middlesbrough Reading Promise.

The Middlesbrough Promise is an initiative led by Learning Middlesbrough at Middlesbrough Council, in partnership with the National Literacy Trust Hub, which aims to promote the enjoyment of, and engagement with, reading. We know the impact that literacy and reading can have on the life chances of the children and young people, and the Middlesbrough Promise is a way of involving everyone in the community, from businesses, schools, families, parents and carers, and encouraging them to promote the enjoyment of reading.

In 2019-20 we are launching ‘Bring Back Bedtime Stories’, an initiative which aims to celebrate stories and story-telling, engage parents and families, and ultimately inspire a love of reading in children from an early age. We need volunteers to help us shape this initiative, to co-produce resources that can be used with children and young people in schools, and to co-deliver activities and events. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in a town-wide initiative that has the potential to impact on hundreds of children and families.

Specific duties

A range of duties may be undertaken depending on the nature of the project volunteers may be assigned to. Duties may include:

  • Supporting children with reading in primary and/or secondary schools on a one to one basis
  • Working with groups of children to undertake activities, create resources and complete projects in relation to reading
  • Working with teachers to create resources, plan sessions or organise events
  • Helping to develop and use school libraries effectively
  • Working with children to produce creative writing
  • Support parents and carers to help their children to read
  • Creating marketing materials that will be used to promote aspects of the Middlesbrough Promise

Experience and skills

In order to produce an engaging, creative and fun approach to getting the whole of Middlesbrough involved in story-telling, we need a range of skills and expertise from those interested in education, IT, the media, the creative arts (including visual and performance) and beyond. General experience and skills include:

  • Use of ICT
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Teamwork
  • Time management and organisation
  • Problem-solving
  • Professionalism
  • Creative thinking/innovative
  • Understanding of educational settings
  • Experience of working with children and young people (desirable)
  • Knowledge of children’s literature (desirable)

Days/times required

Dependant on the project or volunteer’s commitments




If you're interested please complete the online expression of interest form.

Where a volunteer is disabled, Middlesbrough Council will make every reasonable effort to supply the necessary aids, equipment or adaptations to enable a volunteer to carry out their role.