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Busy Readers scheme due to expand


Darlington Cares is searching for new volunteers to get involved with its successful children’s reading scheme, Busy Readers.

Darlington Cares – a partnership of the town’s employers whose skills, expertise and resources are matched to community projects – launched the Busy Readers scheme in September 2013.

The scheme which aims to further develop the literacy skills of pupils has already benefitted 11 Darlington primary schools and has trained over 85 volunteers.

Busy Readers also provides an additional resource for schools as the volunteers dedicate one hour a week to listen to children read.

Programme coordinator for Darlington Cares, Simone McNeill, said: “Being a Busy Reader is a rewarding volunteering opportunity for anyone who can spare at least an hour a week.”

“Most of our current Busy Readers enjoy the sessions to such an extent, that they find themselves dedicating more of their time to the scheme.”

Darlington Cares works closely with Reid Street Primary School to deliver brief training sessions to volunteers, who also undergo a mandatory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before being placed in one of the participating schools.

Busy Readers is holding its next training session on Wednesday 10th February, 1:00pm at Reid Street Primary School.

Anyone wishing to register their interest in becoming a Busy Reader or would like to find out more about the scheme, can contact Darlington Cares programme coordinator, Simone McNeill on: 01642 738964, email: s.mcneill@tees.ac.uk or visit www.darlingtoncares.co.uk.

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