Time for Children
Children in Public Care (including looked after children)
Volunteer Reading Help (VRH) is running a pilot programme of individualised support for children in public care which has worked with around 180 children (4-16 years old) over the last four years. The focus has been on reintegrating the children into school and then supporting them when they return. The improvement in their self esteem and school work is marked. We train volunteers to work with the children on a long term basis. Sometimes the volunteer is the only stable adult relationship the child has. We have secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund to expand this much needed project.
Julie Nixon, Regional Manager