New chapter for reading volunteers

Beanstalk volunteer Barbara Wolstencroft with Shakespeare Primary School deputy head Emma Cook and pupil.
Beanstalk volunteer Barbara Wolstencroft with Shakespeare Primary School deputy head Emma Cook and pupil.
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Kind-hearted yep readers are helping to rewrite the future for Leeds pupils who are struggling to read.

Six more Get Leeds Reading volunteers have now completed their training and are preparing to step into the classroom to help youngsters across the city to improve their literacy.

The new recruits – Lesley Aird, Elizabeth Cole, Paul Kelly, Sue Lyons, Hilary Podd and Jessica Guy – range from 19 to over 65 and will be providing one-to-one support in primary schools in Middleton, Bramley, Burmantofts, Hunslet and Beeston.

And many more are now waiting to be interviewed or start their training sessions with our campaign partner, literacy charity Beanstalk.

Lorraine Dowson, recruitment and training executive for Beanstalk Yorkshire and North East, said: “Thanks to the support of the YEP and its Get Leeds Reading campaign we are delighted to report that we have been able to fill many of our vacancies in Leeds.

“Our new reading helpers are thrilled to have the chance to really make a difference to children’s lives and are looking forward to starting their placements.”

She added: “Every volunteer comes with their own set of skills and attributes. The thing they have in common is the belief that being able to read is an essential ingredient for future success.”

We are urging parents and carers to spend at least 10 minutes EVERY day reading with youngsters. And we want an army of 50 YEP readers to sign up as volunteer reading helpers.

Contact westyorkshire@beanstalkcharity.org.uk; ring 0845 450 0344 or go to www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk.

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