13 December
By Victoria Wainwright
Categories: Social/Giving Back

Ready for Reading in Bradford!

Volunteers from Naylor Wintersgill have met the young students in Bradford they are helping to read this year through the online volunteer tutoring programme TutorMate.

TutorMate is an online volunteer tutoring programme that pairs volunteers, who are working professionals, with 6 year olds in the local area to provide additional reading support. Naylor Wintersgill are delighted to be an enthusiastic corporate partner of the pioneering programme for the second academic year now with over 100 hours of volunteer time already donated so far.

This year, our team of 10 volunteers have been paired with students from Byron Primary School in Bradford and are pledging 30 minutes each week to read with them remotely from our offices using a bespoke online platform.

Head of HR at Naylor Wintersgill and internal co-ordinator of the programme for the firm Claire Featherstone says, “Naylor Wintersgill are proud of our continued commitment to supporting our local community and through our involvement in TutorMate we are able to make a direct impact on the literacy skills and reading confidence of the next generation in our region. The tutoring sessions with our buddies have become the highlight of our week and I urge other local businesses to get involved in the programme – it’s a perfect volunteering opportunity to make a real difference!”

Following our involvement in the programme, Naylor Wintersgill are proud to be community award winners at the West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Raising the Bar Awards in 2019. As a firm, we are aiming to increase the number of volunteer hours dedicated to the programme by our team in the 2019/20 academic year.  

You can find out more about TutorMate here.