Volunteers needed for Dolly Parton scheme
DOLLY Parton’s new literacy programme urgently needs 12 more volunteers in Merseyside area to help children become ready to read.
Story Starters is a new programme that supports early years’ children to learn the essential skills to become ready to read when they reach primary school.
These children, aged three to five, will receive high quality support from trained volunteers to enable the children to develop their language and reading skills.
Story Starters has just launched in Merseyside but it urgently needs 12 more volunteers for its next training course at Liverpool Central Library on November 27.
This will ensure the programme is benefitting as many children as possible and has enough volunteers for a robust evaluation of the programme to take place.
Story Starters is a new collaborative project between national children’s literacy charity Beanstalk, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and LuCiD (The ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development).
International superstar and philanthropist, Dolly Parton, recently launched a new film to encourage more people to get involved with Story Starters.
Research has shown children who benefit from highquality support in their early years start school on average three months ahead in literacy and language skills, compared with children who don’t.
The programme has been made possible by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, whose Dream Fund chose Story Starters to receive £1m in funding in January 2017.
Natalie Kent, Early Years Lead at Northway Primary in Liverpool, says: “We have welcomed the Story Starters project into our school with open arms.
“Our children and their families are delighted to be receiving books each month from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. This will certainly promote a love of reading and books.”
Story Starters volunteers will visit children twice a week and support three children for 20 minutes each.
The sessions are fun, interactive and hugely beneficial to the children receiving extra support.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will provide every Story Starters child with high-quality, professionally-selected, age-appropriate books.
These books will be sent directly to both the early years setting and the home of each Story Starters child, ensuring that they can enjoy the magic of stories at home as well as when they are with their Story Starters.
You can apply to become a Story Starters volunteer by visiting www.storystarters. org.uk.
Story Starters is calling for more volunteers in Merseyside to help support children’s literacy