Volunteers Needed for Reading Scheme

January 28 2016

Volunteers Needed for Reading Scheme

BRISTOL Reading Partners, the council’s flagship reading scheme, has launched a fresh call for volunteers to help expand the initiative and benefit even more pupils across the city this year.

The scheme works with children aged 5-7 who are in need of a little extra help, and matches pupils with volunteers who want to help give primary school children a better start in life. There are now over 70 volunteers working in schools in all parts of Bristol – and over 250 children have benefitted from the scheme.

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, is championing Bristol Reading Partners. He said: “This year, Bristol’s year of Learning, I want to highlight the many opportunities there are in Bristol for us all to learn something new, and, crucially, I want to see more children across our city learning to read fluently. “Within the Council we’re totally committed to this initiative to the extent that staff are allowed time off as well as donating some of their own time to help give something back to the community.”

The response from local people has already been outstanding with over 50 volunteers signing up in the past six months. There is compelling evidence that Bristol Reading Partners works as volunteers partner with teachers to track pupils’ progress.

The next training course is held on February 22 at The Bridge Professional Development Centre, Tayfant Road, BS13. For more information about this scheme, or to sign up, contact volunteer@bristol.gov.uk .