‘You can help a child to read’

The Bolton News: Reading volunteer Alan Prince, left, with new recruit Matthew Garner Reading volunteer Alan Prince, left, with new recruit Matthew Garner

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help teach youngsters to read.

The charity Beanstalk supports volunteers working in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading.

Each Beanstalk reading helper works with three children and sees each child for two 30-minute sessions a week for a whole year.

Together, they read, play and talk and, with the charity’s support, youngsters’ approach to reading is often transformed.

Lucy Holland, recruitment and training executive for the charity, said: “The children we work with are chosen by their teachers because they struggle with reading and urgently need one-to-one support.

“There are many reasons why a child may fall behind with their reading. They may lack support at home, they may not have English as a first language and they may simply have poor eyesight.”

Alan Prince, aged 70, who has worked as a volunteer for 11 years, said: “A lot of children come from one-parent families and don’t regularly receive the literacy support they require.

“My parents read with me every night, but some parents don’t have the time because of work.

“It’s very rewarding watching the academic journey of a child throughout the year and they always enjoy it, especially the game of dominoes or snap at the end, which is good.”

The charity is actively seeking volunteers to help out around Bolton.

Miss Holland said: “We have schools awaiting volunteers in Bolton so would love to hear from people who are interested.” l For more information, call 01204 532421.

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