To support school pupils (mainly in primary, although occasionally in secondary, schools) with their learning.
Most school volunteers support reading on a one-to-one or small group basis but others support number work and other areas of the curriculum.
This helps to improve pupils’ confidence, verbal and social skills as well as supporting their academic learning.
- To attend the host school regularly on a weekly basis, usually for around 2 hours per week
- To listen to children read (or work with numbers), usually on a one-to-one basis, for around 10-15 min per pupil
- To work with the class teacher and provide whatever feedback for staff/parents is required by the school (e.g. an entry in the child’s reading or other record).
- A love of reading (or number work)
- Good interpersonal skills in working with young children and teachers
- Flexibility in adapting to the host school’s requirements
- Reliability and professionalism.
As a volunteer, you will receive:
- An enjoyable and fulfilling placement at a local school organised by an RSVP West Schools Organiser
- Training on how to support children’s learning, safeguarding and risk management
- The RSVP West Reading Handbook and other training materials
- Regular support and opportunities to attend networking sessions with other volunteers.
RSVP West is a region of RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme, part of the national volunteering charity Volunteering Matters). Our area covers Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, together with Bath & North East Somerset.