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Today is World Book Day, a celebration in primary schools across the country when pupils get to dress-up as their favourite fictional characters in order to promote reading and the love of books. To mark the occasion, we have teamed up with literacy charity Schoolreaders to help children develop their reading skills.
Residents from our Northampton village have kindly volunteered to give up their time on a weekly basis, to spend a few hours sitting with pupils from East Hunsbury Primary School, listening to them read.
In addition, we have pledged to make a donation per volunteer to the Schoolreaders charity, to support the vital work it does in helping primary school children with their reading.
With time to give back to the local community, the partnership between our residents and Schoolreaders is the perfect fit. Children and schools benefit from extra reading support and our residents have an opportunity to be involved in the local community and are hugely rewarded by knowing that they have done their bit to support the younger generation.
With its head office in Bedford, not far from Richmond Northampton, Schoolreaders is a small charity which has a big impact on the schools it supports. Now seven years old, the charity recruits volunteers to listen to children read in local primary schools.
Commenting on our volunteers, head teacher of East Hunsbury Primary School, Rita Arundel says:
“The extra support the volunteers provide is greatly appreciated. The children really look forward to them coming in and sharing a book every week. For children who need a little extra practice and encouragement to read it is so valuable. Thank you!”
Matt Evans, village manager at Richmond Northampton, comments:
“We’re thrilled to be supporting such a worthwhile charity and giving something back to the local community. Our residents have a wealth of knowledge to share, following long and successful careers, and relish having the opportunity to share this knowledge. I know that they enjoy spending time with the youngsters and find their time volunteering extremely rewarding.”
This pilot scheme has proven to be a huge success and we hope to further support Schoolreaders throughout 2020 by calling on volunteers from all of our nine retirement villages across the country.