The British Dyslexia Association supports people affected by Dyslexia. The Helpline, based in Bracknell, offers free and confidential advice to dyslexic people and to anyone with a concern about dyslexia. They need Helpline volunteers to answering helpline telephones and writing emails. Volunteers must have some understanding/experience of dyslexia and have a good standard of spoken and written English. They currently have the following needs; Tuesday 10am-1pm, Tuesday 12.30pm-3pm, Wednesday 1pm-3pm and Thursday 1pm-3pm. There is some flexibility to volunteer term time if they wish.

St Paul’s Junior School in Wokingham is large junior school based in Wokingham. This is an outstanding school that provides a caring and stimulating learning environment for pupils. The Governing Body works alongside staff and pupils, to make the school a safe and exciting place to learn and grow. Governors have three main statutory obligations: to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; to hold the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school; to oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure money is well spent. They are looking for two Community Governors to join their team. Volunteers must be aged 21 and over and be passionate about the local community. Meetings tend to take place weekdays evenings.

ABC to read recruit, train and support volunteers who work on a 1:1 basis with primary school children who are struggling with reading. Volunteers will visit a local primary school on a weekly basis and works with children individually seeing the same children on each visit, talking and reading and playing games with them. The volunteers are supported by a field worker who is available to provide ideas and act as a link between the charity and the school.

Bearwood Primary School was originally built in 1847. Its’ history is linked with the Walter family of Bearwood House (now Bearwood College) The school has a total of between 290-310 children and caters for children from Foundation Stage (age 3) right through to Year 6 (age 11). Their motto is "Raising aspirations, raising standards, raising citizens." They are looking to recruit two new school governors. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. The full governing body meets 6 times a year, normally in the evening. Committees meet between 4-6 times a year with some meetings during the day and some meetings in the evening, depending on the type of committee. Commitment is approximately 5 hours per week.

Floreat Montague Park is brand new school in Wokingham with a unique educational vision. The are looking for a volunteer to help on a 1:1 basis with a child with SEN to support them in their learning and play. Activities would include: discussions with the learner, playing games, singing songs etc. The volunteer would need to work closely with the teaching assistant to support the child in a consistent way. A passion for working with children, especially special needs children is a must. A positive attitude and a calm and friendly persona is important. A knowledge of the EYFS curriculum would be useful but not essential as training will be provided.

Bracknell and Wokingham College are looking for volunteers to help support our tutors in English workshops. These workshops are for adults wishing to brush up their skills. If you have English GCSE or equivalent and can spare a couple of hours a week this could be the opportunity for you. Full training will be given. At the moment, they are particularly keen to hear from volunteers who can help with the English workshops that take place during the day.


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