Help children with their reading

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Could you volunteer to help children read?
As part of the Big Reader? Big Future campaign, we're encouraging the people of Nottingham to support local children's reading.

Being a confident reader is the foundation of a happy, successful future, but not every child has enough support to get there.You could make a huge difference by volunteering to help children read.

There are opportunities to do this at a time and a place to suit you – such as in your local library or your local primary school.

Read with children in your local school

Reading out loud is a great way for children to engage with books. Literacy Volunteers provide vital support in Nottingham schools during regular school hours.

As a Literacy Volunteer, you will:

  • Visit the same school regularly for one or more sessions each week
  • Support the same children on an individual basis, every week
  • Talk, read, play games, draw and write with children

You will be provided with:

  • Training and ongoing support from an area co-ordinator
  • Books, games and other resources to use with children
  • Travelling expenses

Find out more about reading in schools or call Dawn on 0115 8765474.

Read with children in your local city library

Nottingham City Libraries are looking for Reading Champions who can listen to children of all ages to read after school.

As a Reading Champion, you will:

  • Encourage and support pupils to develop their reading skills and help with their homework
  • Listen to children read aloud, understand the text and find new books

Libraries are looking for:

  • An encouraging, non-judgemental person with a good level of English, with an interest in supporting young people from different backgrounds
  • Regular commitment to at least weekly session between 3.30-5.30pm during term time

A DBS check will be carried out for this role.

Take a look at the session times and locations.

Find out more about reading in your local library.

Read with children in your local community

Read On Nottingham is searching for volunteers to help to improve literacy within their local community by becoming Literacy Champions.

As a Literacy Champion, you will:

  • Work in your local community spaces to implement ideas that help to improve literacy
  • Encourage the people you are working with to make reading part of their everyday lives and something they enjoy
  • Receive ongoing support to help your ideas develop and make sure they are practical and achievable

Read On Nottingham is looking for:

  • Parents, business professional, teacher, student, sports coach or anyone passionate about making a difference in their local area

Contact Read On Nottingham Manager, Emily Landsborough to find out more.