As part of Leeds Year of Reading, Leeds City Council and TutorMate are collaborating to provide businesses with a fantastic opportunity to give direct support to local children who need help with their reading. Employees can volunteer for just 30 minutes per week over an academic year, from the comfort of their own office by using an internet platform and voice connection link to a dedicated classroom laptop. Up to 10 children in a single Year 1 class participate, giving the programme a great reach and scale. The programme has already been successful rolled out in cities such as Bradford and it is supported by a number of businesses including John Lewis, Google and Reed Smith.
This short video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWB3ac7hLiw&feature=youtu.be) gives perspectives from teachers and volunteers.
If this sounds like something your business would like to get involved in, please contact Mary.Gillespie@leeds.gov.uk with your expression of interest by 31st October. We will be hosting an information event in mid-November for those who express an interest.
If you have any further questions regarding the TutorMate programme, please contact Emma (firstname.lastname@example.org). For information on Leeds Year of Reading please visit the website http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/YearofReading and follow us on Twitter @LeedsYOR.