Helping kids develop a love of reading

Our staff will be helping children from across Plymouth improve their reading over the coming academic year.

We’ve signed up to Plymouth City Council’s Right to Read programme, which sees employees from city organisations volunteer in schools.

Along with staff from organisations including the city council and the Royal Navy, eight employees from across PCH will spend an hour with primary school pupils either weekly or fortnightly, listening to them read.

Employees have recently been trained and will undergo DBS checking procedures before they can go into the schools.

The schools we’re working with this year are Woodfield, Widey Court, Pilgrim and Holy Cross.

Susan Clarke, Performance Officer, is volunteering at Woodfield. She said: “I decided to volunteer for this opportunity as I wanted to offer help and encouragement to children who may need extra support.

“Today’s children are tomorrow’s future so anything that helps develop their learning and concentration and makes a positive impact on their education can only be a good thing.

“Hopefully it will also be fun as the children talk about the stories they read.”

If you’d like to take part in Right to Read next year, contact the Learning and Development team.