Literacy Volunteers help children to enjoy reading and communicating.

Our Volunteers help children in schools and early years settings. They do not teach reading. Instead they help children on a one-to-one basis to give them confidence in their reading and communication skills through conversation, reading, writing and playing games.

Volunteers must:

  • Like children
  • Enjoy reading and communicating
  • Be patient, flexible and reliable


  • Go to the same setting regularly for one morning or afternoon session each week
  • Help children on an individual basis
  • Help the same children each week (on average you see 4 children in a session)
  • Work outside of the classroom
  • Talk, read, play games/do puzzles and write with their children
  • Enjoy their time with the children and make sure that the children enjoy the sessions too
  • Make a real difference to a child
  • Promote a love of reading and books

Volunteers are provided with:

  • Training
  • On-going support from an Area Co-ordinator
  • Books, games and other resources to use with their children
  • Travelling expenses

INTERESTED? Contact us for more details and to enquire about training on 0115 876 5474 or contact@literacyvolunteers.org.uk


“I enjoy books now more since I started reading with Mrs B.” (Comments from the LV children in school)

Links for current Volunteers for free printable puzzle sheets


Useful website for Literacy Volunteers – National Literacy Trust www.literacytrust.org.uk


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