Volunteer in Ireland
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.
Role of the Literacy Mentor
Volunteer literacy mentors support schoolchildren in increasing their literacy levels using one of two interventions, Paired Reading and AcceleRead AcceleWrite. A mentor is paired with one participant for the duration of the project.
Who can volunteer
Suas Literacy Support Programme welcomes everyone who would like to share their literacy skills, interest and enthusiasm for learning. For information on who should serve as your reference on your application please click here.
Third Level Students
• Availability – please see session Days and Times
• Commitment to full duration of project
Please note: All mentors will be required to complete a Garda Vetting Form following application.
Partner school Testimonials on Mentors
"It was a very positive experience in all. The children who took part always looked forward to attending and always had a positive comment or story on returning from a session. Children really enjoyed their experience of meeting & reading with their mentors. Very positive feedback from the children."
"This programme was an excellent socialisation tool. Students got a chance to interact with people who are not teachers or educators, and found themselves enjoying the company of third level students."
"...The sessions evolved quite organically into mentoring sessions, where the tutors checked in with the students and asked them where they were at with their reading and how they could help. Thus, the learning process became self-directed and ultimately very enjoyable."