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Watch this page for jobs and opportunities for volunteering in Calibre. 

Head of Literature and Audio Book Production

We wish to appoint an appropriately experienced manager, with good knowledge of books, authors and reading trends to join the executive team and contribute to the development and corporate management of the Charity.  The role has three specific areas of responsibility: selection of new books; the management of narrators and audio production.  Ideally experience from a related field such as libraries, publishing or music would be useful.  An understanding of, or interest in audio recording would be preferred although training can be provided.  The person appointed must have good communication, organisation and IT skills, and high levels of numeracy and literacy.  He / she must also possess the confidence and sensitivity to motivate and lead a team and be comfortable representing the Charity at external events and meetings. 

This is a full time position, (35 hours per week), and we offer a competitive salary and a very pleasant working environment. 

Please send completed applications, including application and equal opportunities forms, to our Head of Personnel and Administration, David Pipkin david.pipkin@calibre.org.uk

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for people to help us process and despatch the >1700 audio books we issue every working day. Most of our books are borrowed on USB memory sticks and we are seeking volunteers with sufficient IT skills to check in the books being returned by members, clean the memory sticks ready for reuse and to download new books from our computer onto sticks ready for despatch. None of it is unduly complex but it does require a basic level of IT understanding.

We like our volunteers to offer a minimum of 3 hours per week in order to make an effective contribution. Many volunteers enjoy it so much that they return for more than one session per week, but that’s optional!

If this appeals to you, please contact David Pipkin by phone on 01296 432339 or email david.pipkin@calibre.org.uk. These opportunities are based at our offices in New Road, Weston Turville – next to the Holiday Inn.


We are also looking for a VISUALLY IMPAIRED TRUSTEE. Our trustee roles are voluntary and require attendance at 4 meetings per year plus the occasional ad-hoc event. The person we are looking for would be a second trustee representative for our blind or visually impaired members. As such we are seeking someone who enjoys reading – they may already be a Calibre member. The person sought would also have a business background that would enable them to contribute to other aspects of governance and strategic decision making.  To be considered you would probably need to live within a 30 mile (approx) radius of Aylesbury for travel purposes and to have the ability to read papers in advance of meetings – possibly an emailed copy using a screen reader or other suitable technology. 

Please visit our Volunteering page to find out more about how volunteers assist us and how much they enjoy it.

We are often able to offer short-term placements to corporate teams or work experience for school pupils. Recent corporate volunteer teams have included McAfee, Dun and Bradstreet and the RAF Catering Squadron. Pupils from Henry Floyd  and Aylesbury High School have also helped us with specific projects - more information is available on our News pages. Please call us on 01296 432339 for more details.

RAF Volunteers

Volunteer Audio Checkers Needed

Do you enjoy listening to audiobooks or know someone who does?    

Calibre Audio Library is looking for volunteers to check their recordings before they go into the library. You will need to be able to listen to audiobooks on MP3 CD and be able to accurately report the location of any errors using the digital display on your listening device (e.g. a computer or a CD player with the feature). It is also important that checkers can complete a checking form and relate back to us any problems on the recording.

Distance from Calibre is not an issue as we are able to send the recordings free of postage using ‘Articles for the Blind’ labels.

Please contact Denise James, Editorial Coordinator, on 01296 432339 if you would like to become involved.