As schools across the country kick off the new academic year, 80 Penguin Random House colleagues are getting ready to take part in our annual volunteer reading programme in 10 local schools. They’ll each be matched with a child who is struggling with reading and literacy, and spend a lunch time every week working with them.
In the last academic year, Penguin Random House volunteers supported 75 children struggling with their reading and literacy. As an end of year celebration all of the children who participated in our reading programme received a certificate and chose books to keep from a selection of more than 20 titles, with extra copies donated to each school’s library.
To find out more about volunteer reading, we spoke to four of our colleagues about why they're getting involved: