VTO and Homework Groups

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 parents'. 

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 session.

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 new work."

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 Glasgow. 

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 self-esteem."   

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 or admin@vtoscotland.org.