Volunteers help Barnstaple schoolchildren with reading

Joseph Bulmer

New Nortyh Devon Homes project paying dividends with children at Yeo Valley School.

VOLUNTEERS from North Devon Homes have been working with children at Yeo Valley Primary School in Barnstaple to help with their reading.

The volunteers have enjoyed the experience enormously and the children have relished the opportunity to read to, and interact with, new people.

The housing association has also donated 30 personal computers and 20 flat screen monitors to the school.

“We have been very impressed with the support and engagement towards the project by North Devon Homes,” said Yeo Valley deputy head Naomi Tottle.

“The children really look forward to their weekly visits from the volunteers and are keen to continue their enjoyment of books and reading.”

North Devon Homes said early indications showed the pilot scheme had been well received and it was hoped to continue throughout the whole academic year.

Frances Walsh, community development manager for North Devon Homes added: “It is really exciting that members of staff are being given volunteering opportunities to share books and enthusiasm for reading with pupils at Yeo Valley School.”