Can you imagine a life without reading? The very idea of not being able to access
the most basic of information probably seems a world away but for many people
in Shropshire this is a reality. According to the National Literacy Trust, 1 in6
people have literacy problems and this cycle is being repeated year after year, as
subsequent generations fail to flourish.
Volunteer Reading Help (VRH) is a national charity that helps children who struggle
with their reading to develop a love of reading and learning. We were established
in 1973. What we do is simple: we recruit and train reading helpers to work with
children aged 6-11, in local Primary Schools, who find reading a challenge and
may need extra support and mentoring. Without individual support, children can
fall behind their peers and lack confidence. Our trained network of reading helpers
support the same children week in, week out, giving each an hour of quality one
to one time. With the support of VRH, the children’s approach to learning is often
transformed. Their confidence, self esteem and reading standards improve.
Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and we do not require any
particular qualifications or experience. What we look for are people with a love of
reading, patience, good communication skills and a willingness to help. We are
currently looking for reading helpers in Telford, Newport, Wellington, Market Drayton
and Shrewsbury but would welcome applications from all areas as our network of
schools is currently expanding.
All applicants are interviewed; enhanced CRB checked and undergo two days of
training before being placed in schools. On-going training and support is given. Initial
training sessions will be held in June and July.
This is an opportunity which requires commitment but can be extremely rewarding
for both you and the children you are helping.
If you are interested, please contact Alison or Adelle at Shropshire Volunteer
Reading Help on 01952 594245 or email Shropshire.vrh.org.uk