Volunteer Role:          Bookbug support

Responsible to:          Bookbug lead coordinator

Location:                     Broomhouse Hub, 79-89 Broomhouse Crescent, Edinburgh, EH11 3RH

Hours:                         Tuesday mornings 9am – 11am

Commitment: Ongoing weekly


Space provides weekly bookbug sessions for parents/carers with babies and children age 0-5yrs.  Our sessions aim to provide a safe space for parents/carers along with their babies and children, supporting them to learn new skills and provide a social experience.  We believe bookbug is a great first step to connecting and building trusting relationships with parents/carers, that directly supports a baby or child.  Bookbug sessions support mums, dads and a range of carers by singing songs, rhymes and stories.  We identify the following areas to be direct benefit and outcomes for babies/children and their parents:

–           Improved language and communication skills.

–           Increased confidence to provide a nurturing and learning home environment.

–           Improved emotional wellbeing of their baby/child

–           Increased social and peer support

Key Tasks

  • Set up the room with resources and equipment as directed by lead coordinator.
  • Record attendees and take food orders as people arrive.
  • Clear away equipment at the end of the session.
  • Build a relationship with a parents/carers and babies and children.
  • Take part in the sessions and encourage others to do so.
  • Offer praise and recognition to help increase self-esteem and confidence
  • Support the lead coordinator to create opportunities for participants to experience new activities in the sessions.
  • Observe participant’s involvement in the sessions and feedback to lead coordinator.

Specific Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • No qualifications are necessary, as full volunteer training will be provided.
  • Enjoy singing and be confident to take part in sessions.
  • Experience of spending time with parents, carers and/or babies, children is desirable.
  • Some knowledge of the current issues affecting children and young people and their families.
  • Be able to comfortable communicate with children, young people and families.
  • An ability to recognise positive qualities and skills that a child or young person may have.

Core Requirements

  • Positive and realistic commitment to volunteering
  • Adaptable to new and demanding situations
  • Involve others in decision-making
  • Sensitivity to the needs of others
  • Self-assured and have a positive outlook
  • Responsible and accountable
  • Desire to learn and help others to learn


Our Commitment to you:

  1. Introduction and Training
  • Introduction to the work of Space and the work of The Broomhouse Hub.
  • Introduction to the work, policies and procedures of The Broomhouse Hub, its staff and your volunteer role.
  • Training opportunities are available throughout your time with Space.
  1. Support & Supervision
  • Support and Supervision will take place at least once every 3 months with a designated worker.
  1. Insurance
  • Public liability Insurance cover is provided for you whilst working as a volunteer within Space
  1. Complaints/Grievances
  • Commitment to endeavour to resolve in a fair and just manner any problems, grievances or difficulties that may be encountered while you volunteer with us.
  1. Policies/Procedures
  • All work undertaken by volunteers is covered by The Broomhouse Hub Volunteer Policy. Volunteering work will be underpinned in each organisational Policies/Procedures.
  1. Criminal Record Checks
  • All volunteer roles are subject to an Enhanced Protecting Vulnerable Groups Check.

Children and families at Bookbug with brightly coloured flooring