A team of our employee’s enjoyed being reading buddies with children in Dublin. They celebrated the success of the programme with the students in a recent online Kinia graduation ceremony.
Through the online Kinia (formerly Suas) Reading Buddy Programme, children and volunteers logged on to a safe and secure hosting platform. Kinia is an Irish charity that provides reading support to children in Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) across Ireland. Volunteers and children read along together, one-to-one, focusing on improving work, reading and comprehension skills. This scheme builds children's confidence in themselves and encourages them to believe in their own abilities. After our participants completed online training sessions and Garda vetting they took their places assisting sixth class students in a Dublin school, reading for 30 minutes, twice a week, for 8 weeks between April and June 2021.
‘On behalf of Kinia we would like to extend a huge thank you to our corporate partners and our volunteers who are the backbone of our programmes. It would not be possible to deliver our interventions without companies such as Holmes O'Malley Sexton LLP and volunteers like you!’
Elaine MurphyKinia Ireland Projects Manager
‘Our team were thrilled to take part in this initiative, with the online delivery making it possible for our team to assist children from their various nationwide locations throughout Ireland. Kinia have an excellent system set up. We highly recommend this scheme for organisations looking for ways to provide their employees with rewarding corporate responsibility opportunities as well as contributing to children’s literacy and well being in Ireland. The children, schools and Kinia were an absolute pleasure to work with and we wish all the students well in their futures.’
Alice SteenKnowledge Manager organising Holmes' input with Kinia
The firm are delighted to have supported this during the working day with the necessary equipment to read online with the children. If your organisation would like to become involved please visit www.kinia.ie.