Right to Read

What is Right to Read?

Right to Read is one of York Cares oldest programmes which aims to boost literacy standards in the city. We place volunteers in local schools, convenient to them, where they provide much needed one-to-one reading support for primary aged children.

‘I’ve really enjoyed being part of the Right to Read volunteering programme with York Cares. They placed me with a school close to where I live, so that I can start my volunteering session first thing, and be at my desk at work by 10.15am.’

Right to Read Volunteer

All training is provided and the programme requires only a light level of commitment, an hour a week for one academic term, with the opportunity to increase participation in York Cares in the future.

‘I have the chance to read with children of mixed abilities and find that helping those who are struggling to read and getting the opportunity to listen to a child who loves to read equally rewarding. I would recommend this programme to anyone, I thoroughly enjoy it and always come back to the office refreshed and smiling’.

Right to Read Volunteer

Can you help?

We’re always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to take part in the programme. Right to Read recruits three times a year for each academic term and works with schools in particular need of support. We aim to provide a selection of schools from across the city which may be close to either your home or work place.

We are currently recruiting volunteers to start in the autumn, the deadline for signing up is Wednesday 29 August. There will then be a training session in September and following the return of your DBS certificate you will then be able to get started in school.

If you work for one of our member organisations and would like to sign up to the scheme, please complete this short google form.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please email info@yorkcares.co.uk