What is Right to Read?
Right to Read is one of the many projects students and staff can get involved with through Warwick Volunteers. Right to Read volunteers provide reading support for children in primary and secondary schools in Coventry, Leamington Spa and Kenilworth. These children are usually students who have been identified by their teacher as needing a little extra help with their reading and volunteers provide a much needed listening ear.
What should volunteers expect?
Volunteers usually commit one or two hours every week to the project during term 2 and work with children one-to-one or in groups. The volunteering involves listening to the children read, correcting pronunciation and making sure the children have understood what they have read. The standard of English is not high (only primary school level) but you must be a confident speaker to teach the children correct pronunciation. Over the 10-weeks you are attending school you get to know the children well and they always look forward to their time out of class and with you (even if they are a bit cheeky sometimes)! As a volunteer you will be inspiring a love of reading as well as improving the confidence and self-esteem of the children. From using silly voices to read a character’s lines to listening to the children read that little bit faster, your time will be spent worthwhile!
How to get involved
Right to Read requires a DBS certificate and a Certificate of Good Conduct if you have lived more than 6 months abroad over the last 5 years. Training and a Safeguarding course will be organised by Warwick Volunteers and must be completed during term 1 in preparation to start volunteering in term 2 so it is too late to get involved this year but we encourage you to get involved at the start of next year!
Right to Read has four fantastic Project Leaders who are more than happy to answer any questions you have regarding the project, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, join the Right to Read Facebook group for the latest updates: Right to Read 2015-2016 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/736964979703524/?fref=ts)
Check out the Right to Read information page on the Warwick Volunteers website at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/community/volunteers/volunteering/pairedreading/
And don’t forget to like the Warwick Volunteers Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/WarwickVolunteers/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel