Book Group Volunteering at Centra Support

Do you enjoy reading? Centra would like to meet friendly volunteers to facilitate a weekly

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Hours per week 2 hours
Location We have schemes across London for Older People residents in boroughs such as Islington, Camden, Hackney and Waltham Forest. Our main office is Clarion Housing Group, 1 - 7 Corsica Street, N5 1JG

For many of our older residents, reading is a useful mental exercise to aid memory, discuss literary themes and debate issues in a lively atmosphere which improves service users’ quality of life.

Commitment would be for a minimum of 2 hours per fortnight, during office hours between Monday and Friday.
We hope the volunteer will stay for a minimum of 4 months.

This role requires us to carry out a check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Activities would include:
Inviting service users to decide what they wish to get out of the weekly book groups.

Inviting service users to suggest books, as well having your own input.

Choosing a book(s) for residents to read for the following week’s discussion.

Creating a comfortable atmosphere which will encourage and motivate service users to maximise their learning and build confidence.

Exploring books from service users’ generation and/ or home country

Discussing book and film adaptations

We support volunteers via the following means:

Volunteers receive a thorough induction and have access to any relevant in-house and external training.

Volunteers have a named supervisor providing support and encouragement.

Reasonable travel and lunch expenses will be reimbursed.

Interested in applying for this role or have any questions?
Please get in touch on 0300 333 6712 or drop us an email

This opportunity will assist you in gaining the following skills:

  • Interpersonal/Confidence
  • Problem solving/Creativity
  • Planning/Organising
  • Analytical/Research

Training will be provided by the organisation for this position:

Personal Safety,
Mental Health Awareness
Communicating Helpfully
Facilitation Skills

About you

The organisation has indicated the following requirements from volunteers who want to take this opportunity.

Essential: We welcome those who are new or experienced volunteers

Desirable: English Literature or History students may find this helpful


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