Literacy services volunteer

Help members of the community develop their reading and writing skills

Literacy services volunteer

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[344KB] and submit your expression of interest. Ensure that you include any qualifications, experience and recency of practice as there is a selection process.

The next course will start on Monday 17 July 2023 at Baringa Community Centre. Applications close Monday 5 June 2023.

WeekDateCourse unit
Week 1Monday 17 July 9:30 am – 12:30 pmIntroduction to Literacy Volunteering
Week 2Monday 24 July 9:30 am – 12:30 pmLiteracy Resources (session 1)
Week 3Monday 31 July 9:30 am – 12:30 pmReading (session 1)
Week 4Monday 7 August 9:30 am – 12:30 pmReading (session 2)
Week 5Monday 14 August 9:30 am – 12:30 pmWriting (session 1)
Week 6Monday 21 August 9:30 am – 12:30 pmWriting (session 2)
Week 7Monday 28 August 9:30 am – 12:30 pmListening and Speaking
Week 8Monday 4 September 9:30 am – 12:30 pmLiteracy Resources (session 2)
Week 9Monday 11 September 9:30 am – 12:30 pmEvaluation of Literacy Volunteering

For more information, visit the Literacy Services section, or email [email protected].

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.

Why you should volunteer at Sunshine Coast Libraries – from library volunteer Warren

Sunshine Coast Council acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country, home of the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share.
We commit to working in partnership with the Traditional Custodians and the broader First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) community to support self-determination through economic and community development.
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