Opportunity Details


Organisation: General     Date Posted: 20/03/2022

Opportunity: Reader Helper

Opportunity Code: VH104-10120

Closing Date to Apply: -

North East organisation provides one-to-one literacy support to children across England who struggle with their reading ability and confidence.

Becoming a Reading Helper is a great way to make a difference to a child’s life and enjoy a rewarding volunteering experience.
This simple method helps to motivate and support a child to feel more positive about their own reading, to check and deepen the child’s comprehension and to have fun with books in a way that enriches and enhances a child's learning, giving them the skills to succeed in their education.

You will be expected to help three children, twice a week, for at least one academic year (three terms, starting at any time of the year). With your support, you'll help them improve their reading ability, confidence and learn to love reading.

Our most popular and longest-running volunteering opportunity, with thousands of people taking part
88% of people say it makes them feel more mentally active.

You'll read, play and talk to open up a child’s imagination and help them discover the magic of reading
You'll help three children succeed at school
You'll become part of your local community and give something back.

What's involved:

You'll engage with children in a fun and positive way
You'll adapt each session to the child, seeing for yourself how they progress
You'll volunteer for 90 minutes, twice a week, in a school near you for 30 weeks - during school hours on separate days so you'll need to be able to spare a couple of mornings or afternoons a week for that length of time. It's the consistency and regularity of our support that makes all the difference!
In some areas we may be able to offer a once a week volunteering opportunity, where you ‘buddy up’ with another volunteer who goes in on another day. If this might be of interest, mention it in the section about your availability in the form below.

Time needed from Volunteer:
Volunteers provide support to children twice per week, during school hours and term time for at least 1 year.
To volunteer with this organisation, you need to be able to commit to providing this support.

Skills Experience & Qualifications:
No specific qualifications connected to working with children are required to become a Reading Helper. All volunteers are subject to safer recruitment checks and must attend a training and selection day prior to being placed in a school. On-going support is provided by the organisations dedicated support team and online learning and development resources.

We need you to have a passion for working with children and giving them the best possible chance of improving their confidence and literacy, as well as being fluent in both spoken and written English

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