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Pānui Mai | Read to Me

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About Us...

Pānui Mai | Read to Me is a registered charitable trust. Our purpose is to inspire a passion for reading in tamariki, particularly primary age children through a reading support volunteer service for schools to support tamariki who need additional support with their reading.

After completing a successful pilot programme with five partner primary schools in Hastings in 2023, we are excited about growing the programme in 2024 to impact positively as many tamariki from as many schools in Hastings as possible.

About the role...

A Reading Support Volunteer will support primary age children to develop a love for reading and improve their reading skills. This is a great opportunity to make a positive impact in your community. Key responsibilities will include -

  • Support tamariki to develop a love of reading by providing at least one hour per week, which will involve working with two different students on a one-on-one basis for 30 minutes each during school hours

  • Create a safe and supportive learning environment for learners

  • Encourage and promote a love for reading through various activities such as book discussions, storytelling, and book clubs

  • Collaborate with the program coordinator and other volunteers to develop and implement effective reading programs

  • Maintain accurate records of learners' progress and report to the program coordinator

  • Attend program meetings and training sessions as required

About you...

  • A passion for reading and a desire to help others improve their reading skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Patience, empathy, and a positive attitude towards learning
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and respect learners' privacy
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to different learning styles and needs
  • Ability to pass a police vetting check

Time Commitment: Volunteers are required to commit to at least 1 hour per week during school hours for the duration of the programme. The 2024 Pānui Mai programme will run in Terms 2 and 3, starting 29th April - 27th September 2024. If you can't commit to every single week, but could do most weeks please do apply.

If this all sounds like you, we would love to hear from you today!