About us

Literacy Volunteers is a voluntary organisation. It is a partnership of Schools and Volunteers.

Our Mission Statement is:

  • Literacy Volunteers is a registered charity that enriches young people’s lives by assisting with their literacy, communication and social skills.
  • We work in partnership with schools by providing trained and supported Volunteers who make reading and communicating enjoyable to those at risk of disengaging from education.

Member organisations (Schools) and individual members (Volunteers) elect an Executive Committee from the members each year. The Executive Committee is responsible for managing the organisation. The daily running of the Charity is delegated to the Chief Executive who is assisted and supported by the six other members of the Staff Team who carry out a wide range of administrative, training and Volunteer support duties.

The organisation is funded by grants, membership subscriptions paid by schools, and donations.

In February 2006, Nottinghamshire County Council held a Civic Reception to celebrate a decade of achievement and service given to the children of Nottinghamshire by Literacy Volunteers and in June the Charity was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen when we were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2006. This Award was one of only 103 won by organizations in the UK in that particular year.

“Mrs A introduces me to new books I wouldn’t normally read.” (Comments from the LV children in schools)

Who’s Who

The Staff Team
Literacy Volunteers has a Staff Team of 7, which looks after approximately 230 Volunteers and some 150 schools and helps, on average, 1000 children per week.

Dawn Claypole is our Chief Executive. Tel. No. 0115 876  5993    Email: dawn.claypole@literacyvolunteers.org.uk

Karen Ballinger is our Administrator, Area Co-ordinator South Notts, and Dawn’s deputy.  Karen provides the first point of office contact for all Volunteers and schools and is invaluable to the smooth running of Literacy Volunteers in the many varied tasks and duties she performs in her role.

Tel .No. 0115 876 5474    Email: karen@literacyvolunteers.org.uk

Sue Marriott is our Development Officer and also Area Co-ordinator for North Notts. She is our key link between many other organisations and successfully spearheads a wide variety of development projects in both the City and County.

Tel. No. 01623 517553     Email: sue@literacyvolunteers.org.uk

Emma Collis is our Area Co-ordinator for the City East/South Notts/Gedling, Sherwood, Newark and is expanding our representation in those areas. She is also a trainer and assists us to promote our corporate image.

Tel. No.  0115 876 5474     Email: emma@literacyvolunteers.org.uk

Emma Trowbridge is the Special Projects Officer for the Charity, provides administration support and is the Area Co-ordinator for South Broxtowe, Derby, City West.

Tel. No. 0115 876 5474    Email: emmatrowbridge@literacyvolunteers.org.uk

Literacy Volunteers are very lucky to have such a dedicated Staff Team who all bring many talents to our collective table.

LVNS is registered with the Charity Commission and is governed by a constitution dated 14th May, 1996.

Executive Committee:

Chairperson:   Gaynor Preston

Treasurer:        David Keeling
Secretary:         Kamlesh Passi
Members:         David Keeling, Julia Gunn, Chris Wroe, Jonathan Cunliffe

Officers are elected annually.

Committee Members are elected for a period of three years.

All Committee Members can be contacted on 0115 876 5474.
email: contact@literacyvolunteers.org.uk

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