Learning Partnerships volunteer and child reading a book together and smiling.

Learning Partnerships

In 2019, PWCF awarded a grant to Learning Partnerships in order to fund a further 25 volunteers for their Let’s Read programme, which facilitates support for disadvantaged children to help them attain the literacy and language skills required for future educational and employment opportunities.

The Let’s Read Programme is made possible through the provision of a rolling programme of recruitment training and co-ordination for volunteers from local businesses and communities. 

Volunteers attend schools on a weekly basis working with disadvantaged children to help increase their skills and attainment whilst having a positive impact on self esteem, confidence, learning and well-being. Programme evaluation shows that the 1:1 volunteer support accelerates progress in reading and the achievement of age related targets 

Funding was given to expand the programme and be able to support a further 100 children. 26 new volunteers were recruited and trained over 3 training sessions 

School staff member on ‘How do you feel the volunteers make a difference to your children? 

‘The volunteers are great positive role models for the children - they make them feel valued by always taking the time to talk and listen to them on a 1:1 basis. The sessions give the children extra time to practice their phonic and comprehension skills allowing them to develop their reading ability.” - Rebecca Machin, St Bartholomew’s Primary Academy 

Why the children like reading with the volunteers: 

“When I have read my book we have a talk and she makes me laugh!” 

“She helps me sound out difficult words and she always says well done!” 

“They help me read better and learn the meaning of new words,” 

Why the volunteers enjoy reading with the children: 

“It’s rewarding getting to know each child and seeing their confidence grow,” 

“Seeing their faces light up when you tell them they are good at reading!” 

“Seeing their improvement and their willingness to come read with us.”