Volunteer Reading Coach
Closing for application: 13 Jan 2024
By providing personalised 1-1 support in basic reading skills, our Volunteer Reading Coaches support the delivery of literacy learning, boosting the confidence of adult learners whilst helping them develop better reading skills and practices, and motivating them to continue with their education.
- Establish constructive relationships with learners and interact with them according to individual needs
- Help to check learners’ understanding, build their confidence in reading, and provide help where needed
- Use the strategies of non-directive learning, as instructed by our training providers, to help learners get the best out of their reading practice through providing encouragement, positive feedback and reassurance
- Work with individuals outside class (in a setting selected by the Trust, typically on the partner’s premises) to practice the skills learned in the classroom with feedback, support and encouragement, and to help build resilience so that learners persist with their learning
- Take part in regular meetings (online or in-person) with other volunteers and members of ALT staff, in order to share experiences and learn with and through each other.
- Be able to meet with a learner at an approved site, on a set day and time (minimum of 1 hour per week), for a minimum of 1 academic term
- Agree to receive an up-to-date DBS check (ALT will cover related fees)
- Successfully complete volunteer induction and training, including safeguarding, and any further training as required
- Adhere to all charity relevant policies and procedures
- Have the right to volunteer in the UK
- A proven track record of coaching, mentoring or teaching
- A good communicator, with strong reading and listening skills
- Patient, friendly and approachable
- Reliable and punctual
- Non-judgemental approach
- Ability to explain things in a simple manner
- Passionate about literacy and its importance
- Enjoys helping others and able to demonstrate empathy
- Ability to encourage and motivate others to overcome barriers
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Awareness and understanding of equal opportunities and safeguarding
What is next?
Applications are made online and a link will be sent to you. Informal interviews take place online beginning 3rd January. There are a number of dates and times to choose from and more information will be shared along with the application form.