Literacy services volunteer

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and to minimise any health risks to students, tutors and staff, the Read and Write for Life program is being delivered online until the end of 2020.  Direct enquiries to Thank you for your understanding.

Literacy Services helps people develop their literacy, numeracy, speaking and listening skills.

If you are interested in applying for a place in an upcoming training course, refer to the Prospective Literacy Volunteer Handbook[393KB] and submit your expression of interest. Ensure that you include any qualifications, experience and recency of practice. Applications close Friday 4 December 2020.

The next course is anticipated to start on Monday 22 February 2021 in Caloundra. View the course schedule of dates[577KB]

For more information, visit the Literacy Services section, or email


Once the course is completed, tutoring can take place online or 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.