Discover Volunteering in the south west

Come and talk to Roger Opie and Sally Ridley of Ablaze on 2 July about Volunteering Opportunities in St Werburgh’s Primary School

CS Local are hosting a Q&A session from 10.30am until 12.30pm in Conference Rooms 4 & 5 at Temple Quay House in Bristol.

We are supporting the Civil Service commitment to delivering 30,000 paid volunteering days per year and seeking to maximise the benefits for all by bringing together local opportunities and volunteers.  Working with Ablaze - an organisation founded by Bristol businesses to build partnerships with education - we aim to link you to structured volunteering opportunities to help raise the aspirations, attainment and achievement of young people.

Volunteering is a great way to:

  • develop your existing skills or gain new ones
  • experience working in a different environment
  • learn more about yourself and your capabilities
  • build a team and increase cross functional bonding
  • support your local community

We are looking for volunteers to help support Number Partners and Reading Buddies at St Werburgh’s Primary and other local primary schools.

 Reading Buddies and Number Partners are needed  because there are a large number of children who will respond to one to one sessions with an adult. These children are unlikely to develop an enjoyment of literacy and numeracy independently without this motivation. Once a child’s confidence and enjoyment of learning is boosted, they will be on the way to developing their potential through access to literacy and numeracy skills. Evaluations show progress is accelerated and teachers acknowledge that they could not provide this level of one-to-one attention to so many students.

Garry Packer of the Highways Agency has been a Reading Buddy at the school for two years and will be at the session to explain what he has got out of the experience.

If you are interested, then please ensure you have line management agreement that you can attend. To reserve a place, email

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