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Human Library Volunteers Sought

Type: Emotional / social support, Information / advice, Mutual aid, Tutoring / Coaching

Location: All of Plymouth

At a Human Library, the ‘books’ are people who defy stereotypes and want to challenge prejudice through open and honest conversations. For readers, it’s an opportunity to go beyond labels, ask questions and learn more about the people in their community who they might never otherwise meet. Due to Covid-19, this event will be online. However, we hope it will be a catalyst for real connections that can continue in person when safe to do so. For this reason, we are looking for volunteers who live in, or near, Plymouth.

As a ‘Librarian’, you will help to facilitate the event and create a safe space in which everyone can have a positive experience. You will:
– Uphold the Human Library ethos and treat everyone with respect and dignity.
– Support our human ‘books’ to prepare for the event and practice what they want to say.
– Encourage productive conversations between books and readers.
– Ensure everyone follows the Human Library guidelines.
– Provide basic technical assistance on Zoom (e.g. assigning breakout rooms).
– Challenge and report unacceptable behaviour such as abusive language (we sincerely hope this won’t happen but if it does you’ll need to be confident in calling it out).
– Support the Event Coordinator with other reasonable tasks to facilitate the event.
– Spread the word and help promote the Human Library across Plymouth!

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, as long as you…
– Are open-minded, tolerant, empathetic and respectful.
– Value diversity and want to challenge prejudice in all forms.
– Are capable of hearing people share personal experiences which may be distressing (e.g. bullying, discrimination, abuse etc.) and looking after your own wellbeing.
– Are confident in communicating in English (other languages a bonus)
– Have access to the internet and a quiet room where you can volunteer without interruptions.
– Know how to use basic controls on Zoom, or be willing to learn.

You must be available in the evening on Wednesday 2nd June and attend an online training session in May (date and time TBC).

If you have any questions about this role or Human Library Plymouth, please contact Carmel Lawless, Mobile: 07849 655990.

The Human Library Organisation was founded in Denmark and is now a global not-for-profit movement to challenge prejudice through open and honest conversations. Find out more at
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