Volunteers inspire youngsters to 1,000 hours of reading

Date Released - 24/07/2019

Tameside’s reading volunteers have clocked up an impressive 1,000 hours supporting children across the borough with their reading.

So to honour the outstanding work of the volunteers a special thank you event was held in Ashton Library on Tuesday 23 June, featuring a certificate presentation and performance from local magician Mr Tinsel. Schoolchildren attended with their parents or carers along with school representatives and other key partners.

This was part of the Tameside Loves Reading initiative which has been improving literacy skills and raising educational standards in local young people. The three year programme connects a variety of services, initiatives and strategies which are being delivered to children, young people and adults across the borough.

In total 200 children from across the borough had half an hour’s reading time with a volunteer for 10 weeks. The pupils came from 27 Tameside schools and read for a combined amount of 1,000 hours.

Once trained, the volunteers encouraged the children they were supporting to read for pleasure and increase their reading ability.

There are currently 91 volunteers from across Tameside and some have given their time for more than one term.

More businesses will be coming on board from September with further recruitment planned from Tameside Council staff, elected members and the wider community. Further training sessions for new volunteers are planned for the new academic year.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council executive member for Lifelong Learning, Equalities, Culture and Heritage, said: “It’s great to see the success our Tameside Loves Reading initiative is having throughout the borough.  The work we’ve done and are continuing to do with local partners and businesses is making a real impact on the confidence and reading skills of our young people. I’d like to thank our volunteers for giving their time helping to inspire our next generation to love reading.”

Anyone looking for more information or who’d like to volunteer to support a young person should visit the Tameside Loves Reading webpage or email reading@tameside.gov.uk.

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