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Involving the community
Between 2012 and 2015 30 businesses in Guernsey provided support to Every Child Our Future and 398 volunteers were trained to support children’s reading development. In Jersey, since our launch in the Autumn term of 2016 support has included more than 300 volunteers from the community and business, who read to approximately 400 children in 10 schools.
Our support may be through listening to a child read or playing a number game with them – the important thing is that they are practising numeracy and literacy skills in a fun way with an interested adult. This giving and receiving of attention between a child and adult is essential for learning and self-esteem.
Our volunteers commit to listen to children read on a one to one basis and to make reading fun for one hour per week during term time. Our volunteers are given training and induction sessions before they start reading with the children in schools. With your support, we can help children become sufficiently literate to enable them to fully access the curriculum at both primary and secondary level.
We rely on local businesses for both funding and volunteers. We use corporate funding to provide specialist training and resources, to manage our volunteer recruitment programme and provide additional support for our volunteers once in school.
The benefits of corporate sponsorship to businesses are many-fold:-
- Enhancement of job related skills such as problem solving and leadership through specific volunteer training
- Opportunity to mix with a variety of people and better understanding of their local community
- Enhancement of volunteers’ personal development by improving listening, empathy, time management and communication skills
- More loyal and conscientious workforce
- Meeting a company’s corporate social responsibility requirements
- Producing a future workforce with better literacy and numeracy skills
To participate in our corporate volunteer programme, please contact
Lara Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org in Guernsey or Nick Kershaw
email@example.com or Gillian Arthur firstname.lastname@example.org in Jersey.
We are looking for volunteers to spend time in a local school supporting children on a one-to-one basis with their learning.
If you can commit to an hour a week during term time and would like to volunteer, you must be willing to undergo a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) background check which is necessary for all those working with children, and a half day training session providing guidance on how to support children’s learning.
What do volunteers do?
Volunteers commit to reading with children in school for sessions of one hour each week at the same time during term time. You can share the responsibility for a session with a colleague or friend so that there is somebody to read with the children at the same time each week.
How long do volunteers spend with the children?
You will spend about 15 to 20 minutes with each child and will see three or four children each week. You are likely to see the same children for a period of time to help them make progress and reach their potential.
Where and when does the reading take place?
The reading takes place during term time in the school’s open group areas such as libraries, group areas and foyers and you will never be left alone in a closed room with the children. We can arrange the time of the reading sessions within the school timetable.
What training and support is provided?
You will be invited to attend a training session run by the States Education Training Officer which will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to go into school to read with the children. Training sessions are frequently held and and we will let you know the dates. You will be invited to a further induction at the school itself. Please note that you will need to have the DBS background check completed but we will support this process.
“I have noticed so much improvement with the children’s reading and attitude towards reading which has given me a sense of pride”
To apply to become a reading volunteer simply click on the link below and fill in our online form. This should only take a few minutes. Our volunteer coordinator will then be in touch.
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