FromEast End London to West Wales

For Elizabeth Jones a move to the country was a long held ambition and when she moved to near Drefach Felindre from the East End of London she felt the need to be involved in the community.

She is learning Welsh but has also voluntarily given of her time over the last five years to help young children with reading at the local Welsh language Primary School.

Elizabeth, who has four children of her own and two grandchildren, supports the Welsh Government's 'Make Time to Read' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of reading. It also encourages parents, carers and grandparents to read more with their children as reading just ten minutes a day with a child can make a huge difference to their literacy levels.

Elizabeth was a part time GP and a governor of a primary school in London before moving to Wales six and a half years ago. As a reading volunteer with Community Service Volunteer’s (CSV) Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP), she said: “I find it completely fascinating how children learn to read and as I am learning Welsh myself I can relate to many of their difficulties and frustrations as well as to their achievements. I also think that there are a number of parents who don't read with their children because they have difficulty reading themselves, and it would be nice to be able to offer help to them.

“I go into the school two mornings a week and read English with dosbarth three who are between seven and nine years old. I have my own rota and read with each child for 15 minutes."

For more information on the ‘Make time to read’ campaign and for ideas on how to help your child with reading visit www.betterreading.co.uk / www.darllenynwell.co.uk or ‘like’ Make Time to Read on Facebook.

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