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Blakemore Branching Out Calls for Reading Volunteers

February 24, 2017


A.F. Blakemore’s new community programme, Blakemore Branching Out, is looking for colleagues to take part in reading volunteering at primary schools across the company's trading area.  

The aim of reading volunteering on the Branching Out programme is to increase a pupil’s reading age by at least six months. In the long term this will also support children in gaining the fundamental skills to enter the world of work.

Employees will spend one hour of work time every other week for a school term with a group of pupils in order to help improve their literacy. 

Community Affairs Officer Liz Bell commented: “It would be great to get as many volunteers as possible to take part in the Blakemore Branching Out reading programme.

“It is a really simple process. Any interested colleagues are to get in touch with me. I will then arrange a two-hour training session, DBS checks and an introduction meeting with the school, and once this is complete the volunteers will start.

“Volunteers will see first-hand the difference they are making to a child’s life by helping them improve their reading ability. All the children who are chosen by the school will not have anyone else reading to them outside of school time.”

If you are interested in reading volunteering or would like to request more information on Blakemore Branching Out’s volunteering opportunities, please contact Community Affairs Officer Liz Bell ( .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)/0121 568 2910).



New Employee Guide to Branching Out

Click here to read A.F. Blakemore's employee guide to Branching Out


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