Right to Read volunteer recruitment is open!

What was your favourite book? The stories we read as children stay with us the rest of our lives, sparking our imaginations and opening our eyes to a world of people, places and events outside our own experience.

Studies show that children who read regularly perform better across the curriculum, developing a broader vocabulary and increasing their general knowledge. Reading aloud improves their ability to understand words, use their imagination and develop their speech.

Yet, many primary school children in deprived areas of York will never get the opportunity to read aloud or receive 1-on-1 support. That’s where you come in.

At York Cares, we want to give every child in York the opportunity to develop their reading skills, and we need your help to achieve this goal. Our Right to Read programme places volunteers like you in primary schools in need, near to your work or home, and asks that you listen to primary school children read for just one hour per week. The difference you can make to children’s confidence and reading skills is invaluable.

How does Right to Read work?

  • Placements run three times a year, across the Autumn, Spring or Summer term
  • We ask that volunteers give just one hour a week to go into a local primary school and read with the children
  • We will link you up with a school, and provide training and ongoing support with your placement

What do our volunteers say?

‘All the children – regardless of their age, ability or interests – deserve encouragement and some quality time with someone who will listen to them reading, and Right to Read volunteers help to make that happen’

Paul Brook, Content Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

How can I become a volunteer?

If you work for one of our member organisations and would like to join our fantastic group of volunteers, please register your interest by filling out our Google form before Friday 29th June.

Training will take place on Wednesday 11th July in York City Centre.

If you would like any more information, please visit our website or contact Jess Hollingshurst, Right to Read Intern at York Cares, via email info@yorkcares.co.uk or phone 01904 323482.