ST AUGUSTINE of Canterbury in Downend has one of the largest groups it has ever seen preparing for their First Holy Communion.

Published on: 02 May 2016

VOLUNTEERS are needed to join the Summer Reading Challenge 2016, which takes place in libraries across the area.
This year’s event is called The Big Friendly Read and celebrates 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller – Roald Dahl.
Volunteers in Emersons Green, Downend and Staple Hill will work as part of a team and carry out a variety of activities,  including talking to children about the books they’ve been reading, helping them choose new books and assisting with holiday events.
Eloise, 16, who volunteered last summer explained the benefits of getting involved: ‘It’s been a rewarding experience, interacting with enthusiastic children, while improving skills for future working scenarios – time definitely well spent!’
Encouraging young people to take part, Martin Burton, Community Cultural Services Manager for South Gloucestershire, said: “Volunteering for the Summer Reading Challenge offers young people a unique and powerful volunteering opportunity to gain confidence, life skills and team work. There’s nothing more inspiring for a child than having a teenage volunteer from their own community encouraging them to read.”
The Big Friendly Read begins in all South Gloucestershire Libraries on July 16 and runs until September 10. More than 6,700 children took part in Record Breakers last summer.
The closing date for applications is June 18. Volunteers must be aged 13 or over. For more information ask a member of staff at any South Gloucestershire library, email or visit

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