There are a few points to consider before applying to become a volunteer for The Children’s Literacy Charity:
- All volunteers need to carry out a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before commencing their work with children. To qualify for a DBS check you must be at least 18 years old.
- Volunteers usually work within our Literacy Labs, based in schools and community centres.
- Literacy Labs are currently based in schools across London, Manchester and Romford.
- As part of your training you will receive two induction training sessions covering: introduction to reading & spelling, the phonics programme, taking a reading running record and safeguarding and child protection.
- You will be expected to support children with two sessions a week during the school day (usually a morning or afternoon) for 1 year, during term-time.
- Pre-agreed travel expenses are reimbursed on submission of an expenses claim to your supervisor and will usually be paid into your bank account.
- Two references will be taken up and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check must be completed satisfactorily, before your placement is confirmed
Your responsibilities will include:
- Supporting children with phonics and spelling activities and playing games.
- Delivering a supported reading session to model good reading behaviours, focusing on comprehension and vocabulary.
- Making the sessions interactive, stimulating and fun.
- Building a good, encouraging relationship with the children you are supporting, helping them value their potential and boost their confidence.
Personal qualities, skills and attitude required:
- Reliable and committed.
- Willing and able to learn skills necessary for literacy tutoring.
- An ability to build positive and supportive relationships with children.
- An ability to competently volunteer alone without supervision, as well as part of a team.
- A positive and co-operative attitude towards working with others.
- Empathy, understanding and patience towards children who are experiencing learning difficulties.
- An ability to understand boundaries and distance yourself from becoming overly emotionally involved.
- A committment to volunteering within the principle that the children’s welfare and safety are paramount.
- Understanding and committment to the aims and values of the charity.
- A desire and commitment to see improvement in the life chances of underachieving children.
The Children’s Literacy Charity engages volunteers on the basis of their skills, experience, temperament and ability without regard to race, nationality, gender, age, sexuality, disability or religion.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please download and complete an application form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or need further information please contact us directly: 020 7740 1008.