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Literacy services volunteer

Literacy Services helps people develop their literacy, numeracy, speaking and listening skills. Sunshine Coast Libraries offers free training courses for Literacy Volunteers to support delivery of the program.

Applications are now open for the Course in Literacy Volunteering which starts on 22 July at Kawana. The course includes weekly 3.5 hour sessions held over a ten week period. Applications for the 2019 course close on Monday 27 May. 

To become a literacy volunteer, refer to the Prospective Literacy Volunteer Handbook[327KB] and submit your expression of interest. Ensure that any qualifications, experience and recency of practice are included in your expression of interest. For more information, visit the Literacy Services section, or email literacy.services@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.


Once the course is completed, tutoring can take place at any Sunshine Coast Library, either in a class or 1:1.

Typical duties

Literacy Volunteer duties include:


It is important to be tolerant, patient, flexible and skilful at listening. It is ideal if Literacy Volunteers have a sense of humour and good language skills.

To become a Literacy Volunteer you need:
  • good literacy and communication skills
  • empathy for people with limited literacy ability
  • reliability and availability
  • integrity and the ability to maintain confidentiality.