Irish Community Care currently run a directions programme, providing literacy & employment support to people across the Liverpool City region. As part of our programme, we’ve identified a need for further literacy support in order to reach personal, family or employment goals and to encourage greater participation within the wider community.
As a Volunteer Literacy Tutor you will play a massive part in improving the life skills of our community members. You will be paired with a community member on a one-to-one basis where you will support and develop their reading and writing skills so that they can achieve personal, family or work goals. You will achieve this using the Yes We Can Read course-book which will be provided.
Specifically, you will:
- Deliver lessons to your student face to face on a weekly basis, using the material provided.
- Attend programme training and refresher training.
- Provide weekly monthly assessments of progress with your student.
- Be supportive of their learning journey, many of our community members are from disadvantaged backgrounds so a great degree of empathy and patience will be required.
- Attend agreed lessons promptly, allowing for adequate preparation time with your student. We expect that lessons with students should last no longer than an hour but we will take your steer on this.
- Be a role model for your student, encouraging them to take a positive attitude towards learning and their goals.
All lessons will be conducted in person at a place agreed between our student, yourself and Irish Community Care. All travel expenses will be reimbursed. We expect that your time commitment will be up to eight hours per month (plus personal travel time) and we ask that tutors volunteer with us for a minimum period of three months to allow you to build a rapport with your student and so that they have the best chance of receiving a positive learning experience.
What you can expect from us:
- All of the materials you will need to teach and support your student.
- Full and ongoing training in order for you to carry out your role effectively.
- All reasonable out of pocket expenses such as travel.
- Consistent feedback and support from our volunteer leads.
- Full access to our employee assistance programme.
- DBS check (if not currently held)
What we expect from you:
- Bags of enthusiasm and a passion for supporting others with their learning.
- GCSE/Functional English Level 2/equivalent
- A commitment of 1 lesson per week for an initial 3 month period.
- Resilience – working with our community members will be both rewarding & challenging in equal measure. You need to be willing to meet challenges head on to support your student.
- To be an ambassador for Irish Community Care, treating fellow community members, volunteers and staff with dignity and respect.
- To be able to bring new ideas and ways of working to the table.
- To respect the confidentiality of our organisation and our community members.
- To be reliable and let us know if you are unable to undertake any part of your role.
You will not need any qualifications to undertake your role though previous teaching experience and/or experience in supporting people from disadvantaged backgrounds would be beneficial.