Volunteer in Ireland

Suas LSP operates in 5 cities across Ireland (Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford) providing direct learning-support for 8 to 14 year olds attending DEIS  schools to improve their standard of literacy.
Working in partnership with Community Organisations, Schools, Universities, Colleges and Corporates, together with Suas College Societies, Suas LSP undertakes:
  • Selection and delivery of innovative, evidence based literacy support projects i.e. Paired Reading or Acceleread Accelewrite)
  • Recruitment and training of voluntary literacy mentors (corporate, community and third level students) to engage/support selected schoolchildren
  • Implementation of both quantitative and qualitative monitoring and evaluation

Apply to become a Literacy Support Mentor

Paired ReadingAcceleRead AcceleWrite
Paired Reading mentor and participantStudent using text to speech technology
Paired Reading involves a one to one reading session (1.5hrs) with the same child once a week for 5 weeks.AcceleRead AcceleWrite involves one-to-one session (30 mins) 4 times a week for 5 weeks using a computer with text to speech software.

Who can Volunteer?

To apply online you must be over 18. Applicants are reference checked and garda vetted. 


Literacy mentor and schoolchild are paired together for the duration of the project to promote a good working relationship. Therefore it is vital that literacy mentors  are available to attend all sessions  for the duration of the project (1session per week for a duration of 5 - 8 weeks). Find out more about the recruitment process.


All successful applicants are invited to attend a 1.5 hour training session before commencement of the project. Training includes paired reading techniques, mentoring skills, child protection and health, safety and welfare policy and procedures. 

Apply to become a literacy support mentor

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If you don't see any projects available that suit your schedule please fill out our contact form below and we will be in touch should a project arise in your area.