History of Literacy Volunteers

Founded by two inspirational women, Literacy Volunteers was formed in 1996. They wanted to train, vet, support and provide Volunteers in Nottinghamshire to assist children in local primary schools who were having difficulties in reading or needed encouragement to read more. This extra one to one support would then help children to overcome their problems and to see reading as an enjoyable experience.

Founded in 1996

Literacy Volunteers is a small independent registered Charity and voluntary organisation, founded 28 years ago based in Nottingham

Charity status

It’s a partnership of schools and Volunteers who form its membership. The charity is run by its members and through the Board of Trustees of the charity. All Volunteers and subscribing schools are members with voting rights. Each school chooses its own representative. Any Volunteers or school representation may stand for election to the Board of Trustees.

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

In 2006 we were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of our Volunteers


We have over 100 dedicated Volunteers who every week support 600  Nottinghamshire school children with their reading and literacy in school

Early years

In 2006 we launched our Early Years project, to work with children aged 0 – 4 and their families to help develop early literacy and support their home learning environment