U3As are contacted from time to time by various charities requesting help and support from U3A members. Potters Bar U3A is no exception. The Committee understands that many of you are already involved in charity work of all kinds but may like to consider other avenues.
The U3A is itself a charity, and so has to be careful about what it does, but liaison with charities that have similar aims is acceptable. For instance, you will see that one of the current appeals is for “School Readers” which links in nicely with the purpose of education – even though it is at the opposite end of the age scale - so long as no payment is involved.
For that reason, we are prepared to publicise from time to time in a special area of our website details of any approaches we believe will be of interest to members. Potters Bar U3A, by publicising such details, is simply helping to spread the information to a wider audience and is not in any way connected to the charities named.
As you know U3A currently provides one of the biggest sources for recruiting much needed volunteers for Schoolreaders so they can give one-to-one support to primary schoolchildren who are in need of extra help with their reading. One in four children left primary school in 2017 reading below the government’s required reading standards - so the need for this service is very real.
BETWEEN MARCH 1ST AND MAY 24TH we are launching an exciting new event called the ‘Schoolreaders Book Club Challenge 2018’. The aim is for BOOK CLUBS all over the country to take part in a fun quiz about books and reading during one of their Book Club meetings, whilst raising much-needed funds for this fabulous organisation. If you are a member of a Book Club you can find out more and sign up by going to the Schoolreaders website www.schoolreaders.org or by clicking on the following link:
book readers challenge. You will then be sent the quiz pack along with advice on how to make the most of the challenge.
Also, if you know of others who might be interested in taking part please take the time to forward this information to them. We are hoping to raise a large amount of money and every additional Book Club which takes part will help us to bring the joy of reading to even more children nationwide.
Belinda Chambers - Schoolreaders Ambassador
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO LISTEN TO CHILDREN READ IN LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a local primary school? Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers in Hertfordshire to carry out this important role.
Reading time for many children at home and at school is often insufficient and one in four children are now leaving primary school unable to read to the required standard. This can have a lifelong consequence. No qualifications are necessary, just a good command of spoken and written English.
Schoolreaders is flexible and will match your availability to an appropriate, local school. Our volunteers find the scheme incredibly rewarding, knowing that a few hours helping a child learn to read each week can have such a great impact on their life chances.
Please visit the website www.schoolreaders.org to join or call 01234 924111 for further information.
6 Trull Farm Buildings,
Tel: 01234 924111