What We Do

We recruit and train volunteers to work as reading partners in local schools, offering one-to-one support to children who would benefit from a little extra help and encouragement. Each reading partner works with three or four children over a school year in weekly half-hour sessions outside the classroom, during which they talk, share books and play games together. We equip our reading partners with a box full of resources, which enables them to tailor their sessions to suit the child’s individual needs as they progress through the year.


Our aim is to:


  • Improve reading performance

  • Build up confidence

  • Foster a life-long love of books

Reading partners offer much more than just reading help; they act as mentors and children really look forward to, and benefit from, this regular, undivided attention and positive encouragement.

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