We have had the email below from Laura Abbas from a charity called Schoolreaders asking if any of our members would be interested in volunteering to help at local schools.
Dear West Wolds U3A
I would like to introduce you to Schoolreaders, which is a charity that recruits volunteers to listen to children read in primary schools. We provide this service for free to schools and the demand is high. We are in need of more volunteers in Lincolnshire, so I am writing to you to ask whether you would be willing to place a short article in your U3A newsletter or send our recruitment poster to your members? We have previously advertised through the U3A in other areas and found this to be a very successful route to finding new volunteers.
Our reading volunteers are going to be desperately needed following the Coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of children won’t have had enough reading practice during lockdown. In a normal year, one in four children leave primary school unable to read well. Most children will have missed a term of school, so the reading gap is now even wider. Children who struggle with reading are more likely to live in poverty and be unemployed as adults.
Schoolreaders needs more volunteers across Lincolnshire to support children’s reading and prevent them falling further behind. The scheme has proved very successful, not least because all parties benefit including our volunteers who derive great pleasure from seeing what a difference a few hours of their time can make to a child’s reading ability and enjoyment.
I do hope you will be able to help us spread the word.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Schoolreaders is a charity that operates entirely through donations, contributions and gifts. Thank you to everyone who is supporting this valuable work.
Registered Charity: 1159157
Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Tel: 01234 924 222