What Is Involved

What do our volunteers do?

As a volunteer reading mentor, you will work with up to 3 children individually, spending half an hour twice a week with each of them at their school. You will support them in developing their reading skills, helping to build their confidence and motivation. Please read this volunteer role description for more information.

We will provide you with training and on-going support so that you can help the children to develop these vital skills for life.

Who can volunteer?

To become a volunteer all you need is to:

  • Like children
  • Enjoy reading and believe in the importance of literacy
  • Be patient and adaptable
  • Be 18 or over
  • Be a UK resident
  • Be fluent in English and be a competent reader
  • Have 1½ hours twice a week, preferably in the afternoon

If this is you and you would like to volunteer, please complete the Volunteers Application Form.

How do volunteers help children?

An ABC to read volunteer will:

  • Talk and listen
  • Share books
  • Explore other kinds of reading material
  • Play games
  • Make things, draw and write together with the children

The most important thing is that the children feel happy and successful and can start to think of reading as something they enjoy.

How we support our volunteers

We are here to support you by providing:

  • Initial training sessions
  • An introduction to the school and regular visits for advice and support
  • Books and games, with opportunities to exchange them
  • Time to spend with other volunteers
  • Opportunities for further training
  • Reimbursement of travelling expenses

If you enjoy spending time with children and want them to gain one of the most essential skills to succeed in life, then please join us.