Disadvantaged children flourish through Homework Groups
The Volunteer Tutors Organisation (VTO) is once again offering
free tutoring for children in Glasgow through its Homework Groups
in areas of deprivation, which often have high levels of kinship
care. Kinship care is defined by the Scottish Government as
being 'when a child is looked after by their extended family or
close friends, if they cannot remain with their birth
The tuition ranges from basic English and numeracy to helping
children achieve their National 5's.
On the back of last year's successes, and with support from the
Trades House of Glasgow and BBC Children in Need funding, four new
Homework Groups are being created in 2017/18 which are in Glasgow
West (Scotstoun), the Kelvin College Campus in Springburn,
Dennistoun and Parkhead.
These will be run in addition to the eight existing groups,
which helped eighty children throughout last year's academic
Barbara Oliver, Link Worker at VTO, said; "We are delighted to
be able to extend our programme and reach more children. Of
the pupils we helped last year, 79% improved academically with 80%
showing improved confidence in their approach to work or belief in
their own abilities, enabling them to try new things and attempt
Barbara continued; "We are able to create these new groups with
the support of the Trades House of Glasgow and BBC Children in Need
funding, to whom we are extremely grateful."
The Trades House of Glasgow established a Kinship Care
Initiative (KCI) Fund in 2015 to give opportunities to children
being supported by their extended family, enabling them to reach
their full potential and become active citizens in
Dr Alistair Dorward, Chairperson of the KCI Fund, said;
"Children in Kinship Care often experience a chaotic upbringing
throughout their formative years. Through no fault of their own
they become the most vulnerable children in society with very low
Dr Dorward continued; "The VTO homework groups allow children to
flourish: their ambition increases and they get bigger and better
ideas - in other words they aim higher. It also take some
pressure off their carers, often their grandparents, who may not
feel confident about helping children with their homework. We
are delighted to be able to help support these groups which make
such a positive impact to people's lives."
Glasgow has the highest rate of kinship arrangements in Scotland
with over 2,000 children and young people in Kinship placements,
with 1,100 Kinship Carers.
VTO are currently recruiting volunteer tutors. These
can be of any age from senior high school pupils, students, to
people of working age or retired who are all given training.
Tutoring is for 1 hour per week and no formal qualifications are
required; just a good grasp of English language and sound literacy
and numeracy skills. Apply by contacting VTO on 0141 946 6498