Appeal for more reading volunteers

September 28 2018

HUNDREDS of primary school pupils in Bishopston and St Andrews could benefit from extra support with their reading as a search for more volunteers to help out in schools is launched.

The appeal is run by Bristol’s Reading in Schools Consortium, a partnership organised by the council to bring together organisations who all recruit volunteers to read in schools.

Last term over 250 people from all across the city volunteered in 50 schools, but now sights are being set even higher. Bristol’s Mayor Marvin Rees wants to make sure there’s a reading volunteer for every child who needs one and that means 300 additional volunteers are needed. 

Training sessions will be held in central locations throughout the autumn on Thursday 25 October and Wednesday 28 November and cover everything from helping children read for enjoyment to assessing a child’s progress Training sessions are also being held throughout next year.

Volunteers are recruited and trained to deliver ten sessions of reading support, working with two 6-7 year olds each week. Evidence shows that children tend to make around six months' improvement within the ten week period.

To register interest visit: or send an email to