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Reading Friends

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  1. Come and join the Reading Friends Volunteers!

    Reading Friends are trained volunteers providing effective reading support in primary schools. They are men and women of all ages from a wide range of communities. They have good communication and reading skills with a willingness to undertake training.

    Volunteers receive a total of 12 hours training before being placed in a school where they will work for an hour a week with two children. They keep the same partners for a 10 week period. Reading Friends receive a certificate after training. All volunteers will be DBS checked by the school.

    The benefits of Reading Friends are that children's reading ages improve by approximately 6 months over a ten week period. Reading Friends often have the pleasure of sharing other school activities. Training takes place at the John Smith's Stadium and community/school venues around Kirklees.


Helen Kerr

Stadium Way, Huddersfield HD1 6PG

01484 234153

Organisation last updated

  1. 30 November 2022

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  1. John Smiths Stadium, Stadium Way, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG
    1. All key services are accessible. Wheelchair access
    2. Either, there are specially marked parking spaces for disabled people, or disabled people can park within 50 metres of an accessible entrance. Disabled parking
    3. There is a toilet which can be accessed by people with disabilities including wheelchair users. This means that it complies with the standards set out in Part M of the Building Regulations,'Access to and use of buildings. Fully accessible toilet
    4. There is a loop system. Please contact the venue if you need further information. Loop system


  1. Reading Friends is now over 20 years old. We began with 6 volunteers at Bradley Infant and Junior schools and we now have over 500 volunteers working in over 50 schools across Kirklees. Our patron is Barry Sheerman MP. Reading Friends was developed by FAST LANE (Families And Schools Together, Literacy and Numeracy for Everyone). Reading Friends is now part of Kirklees Children and Young People Service. It is part of the Learning Service's Every Child a Reader strategy.
    We provide free training for those wishing to volunteer.