Literacy Volunteers support primary school children one to one with their reading and communication skills, helping children to love books and to open the doors for life long achievement.
Volunteers are school based and part of a volunteering work force that is transforming children’s lives.
Volunteers go to school once a week, during term time and usually work with 4/5 children. They will see the same children each week, for half an hour each.
The children selected by the school may be behind with their reading, not getting much help at home, have poor conversation skills and /or be lacking in confidence.
A Volunteer will read, talk, play games – board games, word-based educational games, paper and pencil games, crosswords, word searches – and have a fun time with selected children on a one-to-one basis away from the classroom. The sessions run will give the children confidence and help them enjoy reading and communicating.
Volunteers will be placed in a school as close to where they live or travel from as is possible – travel expenses are paid.
Volunteers will be required to complete a small amount of paperwork about their sessions (e.g. keeping records of sessions). These are confidential, kept on school premises at all times and passed onto a staff member at an appropriate time.