We always have a handful of volunteers working with some of the children we teach. We pick our volunteers carefully, matching them with each child. Two of our volunteers have been with us for years, vital members of our team, working in close collaboration with our tutors on the aims for each child they see.
Other volunteers join us for perhaps a year, gaining useful experience while giving valuable time and attention to our children. Three of our former volunteers have subsequently completed specialist training; one of them is now a tutor in our outreach team.
Sometimes a volunteer has a dyslexic child of her own and has seen the benefit he/she gained through one-to-one attention. Through volunteering she can extend this benefit to our bursary children, using her own extensive experience at home.
Our volunteers go to the schools between our lessons to read with the children and consolidate the work we have done. Equally important, they build sound relationships with the children, giving them one-to-one attention, a chance to chat to an adult and making them feel special. A volunteer may work with a child for a term or two or a couple of years, depending on the child’s needs. Sometimes when our specialist tutors have completed their two-year programme with our children, a volunteer takes over for the next school year, making sure the skills and confidence gained by the child are not lost.
We are always on the look-out for more volunteers so please do get in touch if you are interested in being part of our outreach team.