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Learning support / Mentoring volunteers needed for ABC to read (Assisting Berkshire Children to Read)

ABC to read is a charity that gives one-to-one literacy support to children in primary schools in the most deprived areas of Berkshire. We recruit, train and support community volunteers who ideally dedicate two sessions per week during term time only for at least a year, reading, chatting and playing games.

The children are selected by their teachers to work with our reading helpers on a one-to-one basis outside of the classroom environment to give them an opportunity to catch up. Some of the children are living in areas of significant deprivation, have lost confidence, are shy or do not speak English at home and some just need a boost to help them catch up. We provide our volunteers with three initial training sessions and an introduction to a local school with regular support.

If you enjoy reading and want to help children gain one the most essential skills for success in life then please join us.

We also have an employee volunteering scheme and welcome approaches from companies.

Read the latest about how the ABC scheme helps improve pupils’ reading performance

Contact person firstname
Nick Wickens, Recruitment Manager
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0118 951 1336
Contact instructions?
Any time, although please note the charity operates around term time

Location description
Throughout Berkshire
Wheelchair accessible?
Not specified
Car parking for the volunteer?
Not specified
Secure bicycle parking?
Not specified
Near public transport?
Not specified
How much time?
A few hours a week
What times and days of the week?
Mon PMTue PMWed PMThu PMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Sessions are 1.5 hours during the school afternoon and volunteers ideally give 2 sessions per week
Task type?
Learning support / Mentoring
Will suit someone like this:
Prefers a specific rolePrefers a regular scheduleSelf organised/motivatedHappy to work soloGood sense of humourSociablePatientSupportiveCommunicator
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
There are two introductory sessions, 10 and 11 July, and a recall training session after initial placement
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
a dedicated fieldworker and contact via the office based in Reading
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
travel expenses are reimbursed
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
20
Opportunity added on
17 May 2017