Suas Literacy Support Programme currently operates in five cities across Ireland providing literacy support for 8-14 year olds attending DEIS schools through innovative evidence based literacy support interventions. We recruit volunteers and train them to be literacy mentors on the below projects.
Paired Reading: Volunteers are required to attend a weekly one-on-one session (approx 1.5 hours - to include travel time) with the same child for 8 weeks. This intervention builds confidence and has been scientifically proven to improve literacy. Research shows that Paired Reading is most effective when delivered in short, frequent, one-on-one sessions.
Acceleread AcceleWrite: Volunteers and participants work one-to-one 4 times a week for 5 weeks (30 minutes per session), using a computer with text to speech software to improve reading, writing, spelling, and listening skills of pupils who are experiencing literacy difficulties.
We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated mentors to join us this year to make a difference in their local communities. The success of the programme relies on mentors attending all sessions, therefore it is vital that volunteers are available to mentor for the duration of the programme.
We are currently recruiting volunteers/mentors for the following Literacy Support Programmes for school year 2013/2014:
Dublin: New - Learn to Read the World Project
Suas is piloting this new paired reading project which supports participants to improve their literacy and confidence as well as to develop their understanding of development education themes including justice, human rights and sustainable ways of living.
Plunkett College - Paired Reading - Monday - 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Plunkett College - Paired Reading - Friday - 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Larkin Community College - Paired Reading - Tuesday - 10:45am – 12.05pm (places are now full)
Larkin Community College - Paired Reading - Thursday - 10:45am – 12.05pm (places are now full)
(Please note all times include 15 minute travel time)
You can volunteer for one or two sessions per week in your chosen school
Dates: project starting in the week of 11/11/13 and running until the week of 09/12/13
Cork: New -
Intensive Literacy Support Projects - Mondays to Thursdays (30 minutes per day) for 20 days
Sunday's Well Boys National School - Acceleread Accelewrite - Monday to Thursday - 8.45am – 9.45am (4 days per week)
Waterford: (Please note all times include travel time)
St. Paul's Community College - Paired Reading - Thursday (11.00am-12.00pm) or Friday (10.10-11.10am)
Start Date: Week of 14/10/13 until the week of 02/12/13
(paired reading will not take place on the week of 28/10/13 - school mid-term break)
If there are no projects open in your area, please give your details below to be kept informed on future availability.