Reading Support Volunteer

· This is a Covid-19 Recovery funded project to support adults in North Tyneside with low literacy skills. The aim is to support residents to be able to read and understand health-related documents, develop skills for reading for pleasure and support their children’s reading.

· All necessary training is offered and supervised through North Tyneside Education.

· Volunteers will be trained to volunteer one-to-one with residents using a variety of strategies to support reading. Vital to the success of the project will be the inter-personal skills a volunteer can offer to build trust, confidence and motivation for reading.

· Sessions will take place in public spaces such as cafés and libraries which are risk-assessed with due consideration for safe-guarding of both parties.


About Every Resident a Reader - NT Council

Every Resident a Reader is a Covid-19 Recovery funded project to support adults in North Tyneside with low literacy skills. The aim is to support residents to be able to read and understand health-related documents, develop skills for reading for pleasure and support their children’s reading.

What skills do I need?

Requirements of the role:

Volunteers don’t need any special qualifications in teaching for this role. Desirable qualities would be good inter-personal skills to put residents at ease, gaining trust to build confidence and motivation in reading. Flexibility to respond to residents varying needs and circumstances is essential. Support and training will cover suggested content and structure but equally each case will be different, and volunteers will need to adapt and be inventive accordingly. Valid DBS checks are required, and support can be given to access this. Successful candidates will be asked to provide two references.

Support and Supervision:

Training and supervision will be provided by the project organiser, Kerry Clegg (North Tyneside Education adviser specialising in reading). There will be an initial 2-hour training session followed up with contact via email or telephone with support sessions available. Access is given to the ERAR website where all policies are stored. In addition, the website gives up-to-date advice and support for all volunteers in the project.

Suggested Time Commitments:

Timing and duration of sessions is flexible and dependent on the volunteer and resident. It is suggested meeting at least one hour a week for approximately 10 weeks would be most effective. All volunteers attend an initial training session before beginning volunteering.

Location:

Training session to be held at Langdale Centre, Howdon on Tuesday, 5th April 11am-1pm. Further dates will be offered periodically. Session venues to be agreed between volunteer, resident and project organiser but must be in public places such as cafes and libraries. Reasonable travel expenses incurred will be reimbursed.

What’s in it for you?

The opportunity to meet and support North Tyneside residents with stories to tell but who just need a bit of support with reading. This could take the form of scribing and reading their own stories. Opening up the vast opportunities for reading and other activities available in North Tyneside libraries. Fulfilment in sharing the huge benefits of reading with others. Bespoke training in supporting struggling readers.

What you can expect from us

Expert professional training and support from an experienced and accredited provider. On-going support across the network of ERAR volunteers via the website as well as face-to-face.

What we hope for from you

· Reliability and sensitivity.

· Attendance at a training session prior to beginning 1:1 sessions.

· Communication via email or telephone during the programme

· A short report to show progress following completion of programme (guidance given). This is to enable further development of successful implementation.

· All volunteers are asked to comply with all North Tyneside policies and procedures that apply such as the Code of Values and Behaviours which can be found on the website erar.org.uk.

Next steps

· Optional drop-in information session 2-3pm at Well Bee-ing Hub and Café, Wallsend on Tuesday, 22nd March. (If missed please feel free to email Kerry Clegg on ERAR@northtyneside.gov.uk for further information.)

· Apply for position either on paper or electronically. Application forms available via the website erar.org.uk

· As part of the selection process you will be contacted via telephone or Teams for an informal chat following your application.

· Attend training at Langdale Centre, Howdon on Tuesday, 5th April 11am-1pm.

· Provide DBS and references.

· The role is unpaid and is not a contractual arrangement.

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Every Resident a Reader - NT Council

Register your Interest

Quick Enquiry

Interests

  • Civic Responsibility and Communities
  • Employment, Education and Training

Activities

  • Supporting People and Befriending
  • Teaching and Training

Details

  • Accessibility
    Local community venues
  • Age restrictions
    18 plus
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Vulnerable Adults Policy (where relevant)
  • Written role description

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Availability Details

Volunteering at various times to suit individual volunteers and participants.

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