Who do you think you are? Family History at Whalley Library
We may not all have someone famous in our ancestry but each new person brings their own unique story. If you’ve ever wondered about your past relations and have gained vital research skills, this opportunity could be right up your street!
This volunteering opportunity involves helping fellow Family History researchers with their investigations. You will be supporting a member of library staff allowing more people to be helped in this popular area of research.
What does it entail?
Familiarity with print and electronic sources for family history
Encourage the person attending to do the research themselves, by:
- suggesting sources to try
- explaining how the information is organised
- explaining how to organise a search
What are we offering to you?
- An opportunity to share your knowledge
- Training and support
- An opportunity to assist us in an important area of library use
- A designated member of staff as a contact for assistance and feedback.
- An opportunity you can include on your CV
Lancashire libraries care and cater for the needs of their local communities and are recognised as a safe space and often the main community hub. The library service is continually involved with new projects to ensure they provide what is needed locally for all ages. The need for volunteers to help assist the service, by helping under supervision to provide many of the activities and projects, is vital.
What are we asking for from you?
- Regular attendance at an agreed time
- Treat our resources with care
- Comply with the Volunteer Acceptable Use Guidelines
- Attend one of our Family History sessions on a regular basis and help fellow family historians search for their ancestors.
- To treat everyone with courtesy and respect at all times
- Log volunteering hours monthly and submit expenses where applicable via an on-line computer system
- Complete minimum level training e.g. safeguarding and commit to further training relevant to role
- You should have good ICT and communication skills,
- Enthusiasm about the huge difference the Internet can make to someone’s life
- Be a good communicator
- Have patience and understanding
- Be friendly and approachable
- Be reliable and committed
Training will be provided where necessary and may be in the form of peer support, distance learning or trainer led.
Volunteers must have completed the required training before any activity can be undertaken and may be asked to regularly refresh training where required.
Required Age:18 years +
Whalley Library Abbey Road Whalley BB7 9RP