East Lothian Council

Homework club volunteers wanted

Published Friday 14th December 12

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Local libraries to launch new Homework Clubs for primary age children

We are looking for volunteers to assist with running Homework Clubs in East Lothian Libraries.

Homework clubs are a new service from East Lothian Libraries, which will be launched in January 2013. They consist of a 1.5 to 2-hour drop-in session, run by a volunteer Homework Club Leader with the assistance of a volunteer Homework Club Helper. Primary School Children can come and do their homework at their local library where they would benefit from space to study, access to a wide selection of books, online resources, word processing and supervised internet access. 

The volunteers would supervise children, support them in completing their homework, assist them with using the range of research tools available in the library, and encourage them to search the library shelves for books that might be relevant to their needs. They will also be asked to complete a small amount of administration and paperwork involved in the running of the club.

Volunteering with the homework clubs would provide an exciting opportunity for anyone who is interested in working with children whether as a teacher, in a nursery or as a youth worker and would enhance any application for university.

Homework Club Leaders need to be members of the PVG scheme.

Further Information

The majority of club members will be aged 8-12 (P4-7), but, depending on the Homework Club Leader, some clubs may accept children from P1. The aim of the homework clubs is to provide a safe friendly environment for children within the library where they can come together and work on their homework. Volunteers offer support but do not teach the children. After the group have completed their homework they may have the chance to work together on various projects and games. Communication with parents or carers is vital and we will issue each homework club participant with a notebook used solely for this purpose. Homework club volunteers will not sign homework assignments or diaries on behalf of parents or carers.

If you are interested in volunteering with a Homework club, either as a Homework Club Leader or Helper please contact Agnès Guyon or your local library for further information or to request an application form:

Agnès Guyon - Senior Librarian - Young People's Services
Library and Museum Headquarters - Dunbar Road - Haddington - EH41 3PJ

Tel: 01620 820612 - aguyon@eastlothian.gov.uk

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