Accountants tackle literacy in Bradford with online volunteer platform
A team of volunteers from Naylor Wintersgill Chartered Accountants in Bradford city centre are helping young students in the city learn to read and improve their literacy outcomes through a pioneering online volunteer tutoring programme.
As one of the first in Bradford to commit to the TutorMate UK remote reading scheme, 10 Naylor Wintersgill team members have each been paired with a year one student from Westminster C of E Primary Academy in Bradford, through national non-profit organisation Innovations for Learning.
For 30 minutes each week during the school year, the volunteers are remotely engaging with their reading buddies for an online tutoring session, reading stories together and playing games that build word knowledge – all without leaving the office.
Emma Bell, Executive Director of Innovations for Learning in the UK spoke of the firm’s involvement in the programme, “Naylor Wintersgill’s outstanding volunteer efforts, and their financial support of our work, will help improve the lives of children in Bradford. This school year, because of the support of companies like Naylor Wintersgill, we will reach over 400 UK school children in their communities through TutorMate, helping them learn to love books and build the critical reading skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.”
Students from Westminster C of E Primary Academy taking part celebrated world book day by meeting their virtual tutors for the very first time in person last Thursday. Teacher Mrs Sheridan commented on the impact the volunteers have already had on her class, “I have already seen the confidence levels of the students involved in the TutorMate programme grow and their reading levels improve. Thank you to all the volunteers at Naylor Wintersgill for your continued support.”
Naylor Wintersgill Managing Director Victoria Wainwright added, “As an employer, we are firmly committed to supporting our local community and engaging with the people within it. Through the TutorMate programme, we are directly able to have a positive impact on the future educational and employment outcomes of young people in Bradford and help drive inclusive growth for the city. This is such a meaningful way for our team to give back and it’s become the highlight of their working week!”
TutorMate offers an easy way for businesses to engage and give back to young people in the community. Since the start of the school year, the team at Naylor Wintersgill have contributed over 45 hours of volunteer time to the programme and are committed to donating a total of over 200 hours of online tutoring to improve the reading skills of young students in Bradford by the end of 2019.
Image: (Left to right) Westminster C of E Primary Academy student meeting her Naylor Wintersgill reading buddy Monica Kaur for the first time.