Volunteering

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Calibre Audio. Any new volunteering roles will be listed below so please check back regularly to see if we have anything that suits you.

Volunteering at Calibre...

If you live in the Aylesbury area and are looking for something rewarding and worthwhile to do in your spare time, why not give volunteering at Calibre Audio a try. Most of our volunteers work either in the morning or afternoon but we can offer flexible hours to suit your needs. Normal office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

We also occasionally offer volunteer roles that do not require you attending our offices, ideal for those who are not necessarily local to Bucks. These will also be listed below.

I have done lots of voluntary jobs but this is definitely the best.

We have the following vacancies open:

  • Volunteer Gardening Assistant

    We are looking for a garden support volunteer, to assist with light gardening duties when our gardener is not on duty. You would not be required to mow the lawn or use any heavy machinery.

    If you have any repair skills, that would be a bonus, as from time to time we need help with small DIY jobs in the office. The number of hours to be worked will be agreed with the volunteer.

    Tasks include but are not limited to:

    • Watering and feeding plants, trees, and shrubs.

    • Hand weeding and cutting back the flower and shrub borders and hedging.

    • Maintaining good access e.g., path maintenance.

    • General help around the office with small DIY jobs.

    The place of work will be Calibre Audio Head Offices in Weston Turville. Skills required for the post include relatively good physical fitness, good communication skills and the ability to work independently. An interest in and commitment to the work of the Charity would be beneficial.

    If you are interested in this volunteer role, please contact Sally at the following email address: volunteering@calibre.org.uk

  • Community Book Group Organiser

    Do you enjoy reading books and discussing them?

    Calibre Audio brings the joy of audiobooks to anyone struggling to access print. We feel passionately that a print disability, or any difficulty in holding a book should not be a barrier to the pleasure and enrichment of reading. Everyone, no matter their personal social or financial circumstances, deserves to immerse themselves in a good book, and unleash the power of their imagination.

    We are launching an exciting new initiative of setting up community book groups; the first of these will be based locally, at Calibre Audio's premises in Aylesbury.

    We are looking for an enthusiastic person to help organise and facilitate the first of these. The group will meet once a month, for up to an hour and a half to discuss the book they have been reading. The person specification for this role includes:

    • The ability to lead the group

    • Good listening skills

    • Skills to initiate a discussion

    • Interest in reading and discussing books

    • Reading the chosen books in advance and preparing questions if needed

    • Ensure that all of the group participate in the discussion

    • Maintaining the safety and guiding the group where necessary

    Please contact Emma Scott on 01296 432 339 to find out more. Full training and support will be provided.

  • Telephone Book Group organiser

    Do you enjoy reading books and discussing them?

    Calibre Audio brings the joy of audiobooks to anyone struggling to access print. We feel passionately that a print disability, or any difficulty in holding a book should not be a barrier to the pleasure and enrichment of reading. Everyone, no matter their personal social or financial circumstances, deserves to immerse themselves in a good book, and unleash the power of their imagination.

    We are looking for an enthusiastic person to help facilitate our telephone book group which can be done without leaving your home. The group would meet once a month over the phone, for an hour to discuss the book they have been listening to. The members of the group will be dialled into the meeting via a telephone conferencing system. The person specification for this role includes:

    • Good listening skills

    • The ability to lead the group

    • Skills to initiate a discussion

    • Interest in reading and discussing books

    • Ensuring that all of the group participate in the discussion

    • Help the group with book choices and liaise with Calibre staff on this

    • Reading the books in advance and preparing questions if needed

    • Good time management in order to cease the call after an hour

    Please contact Emma Scott on 01296 432 339 to find out more. Training will be provided.

Volunteering at Calibre ... what to expect

You would be welcomed to our offices by our volunteer co-ordinator, who will arrange a small induction programme for you to get to know us and our work. Our offices are bright and airy and wheelchair friendly, with a kitchen where you can make drinks and snacks, plenty of parking and buses from Aylesbury Town Centre stop on the nearby A41, less than 5 minutes walk away.

I love coming here, everyone is so friendly

Our volunteering roles generally involve checking books in and out of the Library. Our team of volunteers work to ensure that our members are never without a book. They select disks from library shelves, check CD's and memory sticks back into the library and they help us dispatch almost 400,000 books per year to our members.

Some of our amazing volunteers have been with us for decades for the simple reason that they enjoy it so much.

You really get a sense that you are doing something worthwhile. The members’ letters are very touching.

Convinced yet? Why not give it a try! Call us on 01296 432 339 to arrange to see our office and talk about the volunteering opportunities that we have.

Become a Volunteer Narrator

Our narrators are the voices of Calibre. We rely on a team of over 80 volunteer narrators, mostly voice professionals. They record books that are not commercially available so that our members have the widest possible choice of titles. Some of our volunteers have been with us for decades and have recorded over 100 books each.

Would you enjoy being part of this team? We can offer the opportunity to:

  • Use your reading skills in a creative and rewarding activity

  • Record in your own time and at your own pace

  • Provide some training and support in recording

  • Meet other narrators at our open days

  • Gain immense satisfaction from knowing that your recording will provide hours of pleasure to our members

Calibre narrators must:

  • Be skilled in book narration and able to really bring books to life. As well as professional actors, broadcasters and others trained in voice work, we have some ‘gifted amateurs’ who are accustomed to using their voices in their everyday life, such as teachers, a vicar and public speakers

  • Have a reasonable degree of proficiency in IT skills

  • Be prepared to record books in their own homes (we may be able to provide the necessary equipment if required)

We are especially interested in recruiting young voices, and/or voices from the BAME community, but are happy to receive voice samples from anyone who thinks they have the skills we are looking for. Voice samples can be sent to us via your own web link, or through WeTransfer (calibreaudio.wetransfer.com).

Please contact Denise James by email in the first instance at denise.james@calibre.org.uk