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Fri 10 Jan - Bristol Reading in Schools Volunteer Training

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Training 2

When: Friday 10th January 2019, 9.30am-12.30pm
Where: City Hall, College Green, BS1 5TR
Price: Free – register by emailing

The Bristol Reading in Schools Program – set up in response to Mayor Marvin Rees’ ambitious target of getting 90% of Bristol children reaching the national standard for reading at age 11 – is a city-wide initiative that has already seen over 250 adults enter 80 primary schools to spend valuable time doing one-to-one reading with children who are in need of extra support. In order to ensure there is a volunteer reader for every primary school pupil who needs one, 300 additional volunteers are required.

The Bristol Reading in Schools Consortium – a collective made up of various volunteering organisations and educational institutions – is leading an appeal to recruit and train volunteers who are willing to give up a short amount of time to make a real difference. Volunteers are recruited and trained to deliver ten sessions of reading support, working with two 6-7 year olds each week.

Evidence shows that children tend to make around six month’s improvement within the ten week period. The program has already proved to have been very beneficial for volunteers; Sandra – a volunteer reader through RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) said: “It gives me a great sense of satisfaction to see the children making progress. It is good to have the time to get to know children individually…In my experience all the children want to do well, and it is very gratifying to see them improving and knowing that I have helped in my own gentle way.” Two training sessions are currently being offered in November and January respectively, however, bespoke training can be offered where there may be a large group in a given area who are interested in getting involved. Training is mandatory as well as a DBS check (which is conducted via Bristol City Council).