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Could you read with a looked-after child?

Written by Lily Kehoe, 23rd November 2022


"Reading for pleasure is the single most important thing that will make a child successful in life."
UNESCO, 2011

Could you bring the joy of reading for pleasure to children aged 5-15? We're looking for a new cohort of Reading Heroes to read with a looked-after child, on a face-to-face basis on Zoom.

The Reading Heroes project enables children to discover Shared Reading in weekly sessions, over a minimum period of six months. By volunteering, you'll be instilling a love for books and reading that will last a lifetime.

"There are so many great things about Sarah and Reading Heroes I don't think I could write it all down!" Amy, age 11.

Thanks to our amazing volunteers, the Reading Heroes project has been making a difference to children's lives for more than ten years:

  • 100% of participants reported an increased sense of wellbeing
  • 92% said their confidence in literacy increased

Want to be part of the story?

  • Start your Reading Hero journey by completing our 'Become a Volunteer' form, please make sure to put 'Reading Hero' at the top of your response to the final question on the form
  • The Reading Heroes training day will take place on Friday 9th December from 10am-4pm, online over Zoom
  • There will also be a series of safeguarding requirements: application form, reference, completion of child safeguarding training online and enhanced DBS check

Submit your expression of interest form to us by Wednesday 30 November at the latest.

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