Take a look at how you can get involved as a volunteer with Healthwatch Barnet and at our libraries

Volunteering for our libraries

Our libraries offer great opportunities for volunteering – working with the public, gaining customer service and library skills, making friends and contributing to the community.

Many of our volunteers have gone on, or returned to, paid employment after spending time with us, though we also have many volunteers who are retired. Others have gone into education or other volunteering roles. Our volunteers represent the diverse population of Barnet as a whole and we welcome disabled volunteers, including those with mental health or long term conditions.

The role includes including finding requested books and issuing them, processing returns, shelving, answering enquiries, greeting people at the collection and ensuring COVID safe practice throughout the premises.

This role is flexible and can be arranged to suit people’s abilities but we do like to have everybody do a little of everything, when possible. Friendliness, flexibility and reliability are far more important to us than specific customer service experience. Basic English and IT skills essential.

Local applicants are favoured, to avoid excess travel.

Please note, volunteers will require a DBS check.

For more details, please email Nick –  nick@inclusionbarnet.org.uk

Volunteers would be expected to sign up for regular 3-4 hour shifts, either morning or afternoon, on one (or more) of the following days:

New Barnet Library

  • Tuesdays 10am – 2pm
  • Thursdays 4pm – 7pm
  • Fridays 10am – 5pm
  • Saturdays 9am – 12 noon

South Friern Library

  • Tuesdays 4pm – 7pm
  • Wednesdays 10am – 5pm
  • Thursdays 10am – 5pm
  • Saturdays 2pm – 5pm

Volunteering for Healthwatch

At Inclusion Barnet we hold the contract to run the local Healthwatch service. Volunteers play a vital role in helping people have their say on health and social care. Volunteering with Healthwatch can help you develop skills, gain experience and make a difference to your community.

Find out more about volunteering for Healthwatch on our Healthwatch Barnet website.

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