Two volunteering charities have joined forces to launch a scheme to promote literacy skills in schools in the north of England.
TimeBank, the volunteering charity, and Volunteer Reading Help will use local media to promote the Readability initiative that aims to recruit 1,450 reading partners for schools in the North-East.
Project materials, including posters, bookmarks and information packs will be customised to appeal to individual communities. Volunteers will receive formal training from Volunteer Reading Help and will be asked to commit a certain amount of hours each month.
"The Readability project has the potential to help 4,500 children improve their reading and literacy skills," said Heather Brandon, chief executive of Volunteer Reading Help. "TimeBank can give us the expertise of what prompts people to volunteer, and we want to build a campaign that appeals to people who may never have thought of volunteering before."