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Volunteers Needed to Help Boost Children’s Reading

Move supported by two charities as part of 'Born to Read' scheme.

Volunteers are asked to attend primary schools around Greenwich and help pupils with their reading.

The scheme, called ‘Born to Read’, is supported by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and run in partnership by two charities, Beanstalk and Save the Children.

Both Save the Children and Beanstalk are part of a new coalition called ‘Read On. Get On’, which aims to get children reading well by age 11, by 2025.

Volunteers should be available to visit schools twice a week during term time.

Specially designed training will be provided to participants so they can deliver one-to-one reading tuition to primary school children.

Greenwich’s schools currently perform well above the national average in getting their children to the required level, but Cllr John Fahy, Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services believes there are many pupils for whom additional one-to-one support from a volunteer can make a tremendous difference.

“This scheme is an opportunity to have a real impact on the lives of young people”, he said, “I would encourage anyone who believes they can help to contact Save the Children and get involved.”

Catherine Green, Headteacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, one of the schools the borough operating the scheme, said: “Beanstalk are very valuable to St Joseph’s School. They support readers who do not always have the opportunity to read for a variety of reasons. Beanstalk volunteers are always consistent and of high quality.”

Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children, said: “’Read On. Get On’ is not just about teachers, charities and politicians – it’s about galvanising the nation so that parents, grandparents and volunteers play their part in teaching children to read. We want every child to be given a fair and equal chance to learn to read well, regardless of their background.”

For more information about volunteering for 'Born to Read' in Greenwich schools, please call Save the Children volunteer support team 020 7012 6997.

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