Reading is a joy that lasts a lifetime, and Tomorrow Today is looking for volunteers to support Benalla’s children and young people as they learn this vital skill.

“Our generous volunteers are central to the education work we do in Benalla”, says Tomorrow Today’s Executive Officer, Rosie Koop. “If you enjoy reading and want to make a significant difference to a child’s learning, self-esteem and confidence, we’d love to hear from you.”

Working alongside educators, Tomorrow Today’s reading volunteers usually give from one to four hours a week of their time, reading picture story books to young children, engaging in conversations about books, or working with a child one on one as they learn to read and write.

Current reading volunteer Ann Kimberley says there are many benefits to helping children learn to read. “I really enjoy sharing the pleasure of reading with children. Growing children’s reading confidence sets them up with the skills to tackle any subject at school and is so important to their ability to work their way through life.”

Volunteering positions are available in the following programs:

  • Parents Early Education Partnership (PEEP): PEEP gives parents and their preschool aged children the opportunity to enjoy songs, rhymes, books and educational activities together. Volunteers work alongside our educators to maximise learning opportunities for children. Sessions run every school day at Tomorrow Today.
  • Kinder Pals: Tomorrow Today partners with the local pre-schools to offer the Kinder Pals program. Volunteer Kinder Pals read picture storybooks with small groups of children and immerse them in conversations about the stories. This activity builds children’s language skills and strengthens their ability to answer questions about books and to retell stories.
  • Reading Buddies. The Reading Buddies program matches a Year 1 and 2 student at Benalla P-12 College with a trained volunteer Reading Buddy. Classroom teachers identify students who will benefit from additional support with their reading and writing skills. Reading Buddies visit the child’s classroom one to three days a week for approximately one to two hours.

Volunteers need to hold or be willing to apply for a ‘Working with Children Check’. All volunteers receive training and assistance in the role by experienced staff.

Tomorrow Today is Benalla’s independent community foundation, connecting people, resources and ideas, to create a bright future for our great rural community. Working together with families, schools and the community, Tomorrow Today is leading a 20-year project to ensure all of our children and young people can achieve their potential in school, work and life.

Please contact Tomorrow Today on 5762 1211 if you are interested in volunteering.