Volunteers give reading a boost

BOOST programme co-ordinator Judith Sommerville (left) with some of the BOOST volunteers.

Volunteers from the BOOST literacy programme were thanked for their work during an end of year function at Trott’s Garden on Thursday.

BOOST has been supporting children’s literacy in Mid Canterbury for eight years and now has over 60 volunteers.

BOOST programme co-ordinator Judith Sommerville said the programme is in 19 schools across the district with most schools having 2-5 tutors, each tutor working twice a week with four children.

Covid, floods and wind has caused plenty of disruption for pupils this year.

“I think children love the BOOST tutors because it is someone who is constant in their lives, they love it when they come back to school and their tutor is still there.”

One on one tutoring is an important aspect of the BOOST programme.

“One of the biggest things the tutors do is help build the children’s confidence,” Mrs Sommerville said.

Volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and ages and BOOST is always keen for new volunteers.

“Some people think its just for old people, but its not we have quite a few young people volunteering.”

Full training is provided to all volunteers, for more information contact Judith at winterviewfarm@nullgmail.com.

By Daniel Tobin