New chapter for MP Lisa

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy during her visit
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy during her visit

PUPILS at a Wigan school had very special reader last week.

The town’s MP Lisa Nandy made time in her busy schedule to help boost interest in a new initiative by visiting Canon Sharples CE Primary School in Whelley where she read to the children.

Volunteer Reading Help, a charity which supports community members who read with pupils at schools, is looking for people across the borough to join its scheme.

The programme is already active in 20 schools in the area, with 26 volunteers working with 78 children on a weekly basis, but organisers say a further 12 are needed. The MP said: “It was inspiring to see local volunteers helping Wigan children develop reading skills and confidence.

Emma Mitson, Volunteer Services Manager for the West Pennine Branch, which covers Wigan, said: “Seeing the difference volunteers are making to the child’s future and opening a world that could possibly not have been made available to them is fantastic.

Roy Mason, head teacher at Canon Sharples Primary School, said: ”Reading is an essential life skill and through Volunteer Reading Help several of our children have had quality one-on-one support over and above what school can normally provide. The children look forward to these sessions.

If you can commit to a minimum of 12 months, to do two 90 minute sessions during term time, visit www.vrh.org.uk or call Emma Mitson or Lucy Sutcliffe on 01204 532421.