New skills developed as a reading buddy

Voluntary work doesn't have to be daunting, and even the smallest projects can have unexpected benefits as Garry Packer from the Highways Agency in Bristol recently found out.

He's been a reading buddy at St Werburgh's Primary School for 2 years now, and has found spending an hour a week helping kids to read easily manageable and rewarding:

From a personal development perspective I think the experience has improved my communication and problem solving skills, especially asking open questions. I give up an hour to an hour and a half each week, I am in a role were I can flex my lunch break to suit and that makes it easy to volunteer.  I have a great time, feel welcomed by the staff and students and it gives me a different perspective.

Read more about his experiences as a reading buddy at the school, and if you want to ask him any questions you can also email Garry.

If you’re interested in volunteering, take a look at the opportunities available in the region.

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