Some Help and Reading Enjoyment. ’s mission is to build reading skills and knowledge for children of all ages using “hands on” reading initiatives supported by volunteers. Our goals are to improve comprehension, and increase sight word vocabulary and oral language.
Research tells us that literacy difficulties are a serious problem in disadvantaged areas like north inner city Dublin: this affects children’s vocabulary and motivation to read as early as first class.
In 2013, was founded to combat the serious reading difficulties apparent in Dublin’s north inner city.
To understand the full scale of this problem...
out of every 3
people in disadvantaged areas have serious literacy difficulties. We also know that if children are read to when they are young, it has a significant effect on their reading achievement and motivation to read. Children in disadvantaged areas have a serious vocabulary deficit by the time they are eight years old: your child, niece or nephew would have approximately 7,000 words in their vocabulary at that age, and children in disadvantaged areas have only 3,000 words. Read more
This has a real knock on effect on their ability to read - if you don’t use the words, you won’t be able to predict new words as you attempt to read harder and harder books. Children learn to read up to third class, and after third class, they read to learn. If they don’t have the vocabulary or words to do this, they are already at risk of early school leaving from a very young age.
SHaRE’s mission is to reverse this trend and to help all kids read.
What we do
What are we doing about the literacy problem?
has over 40 volunteers now working across four schools and two community centres in paired and individual literacy programmes before, during and after school. All volunteers are fully trained in specialised reading instruction and Garda vetted...
Before school, we offer a Bookfest programme which provides children with a healthy breakfast over vocabulary games. Our afterschool programmes include the Mini Reporters Club which is run in conjunction with Dublin City Council, and Book Buddies which runs with the support of South Dublin City Council. In 2013, SHaRE established a partnership with Belvedere College’s
fifth year students to assist even more children with their reading in schools as part of Belvedere’s pastoral studies programme and commitment to social justice.
Ballybough now provides children from across Dublin with educational testing and 1:1 tutoring programmes to boost reading achievement.
uses educational testing to measure academic gain in reading comprehension and vocabulary, and structured programmes tailored to children’s needs to meet reading targets in vocabulary and comprehension. ’s office in
To date, hundreds of children from Dublin’s north inner city have benefited from volunteers providing specialised instruction and book gifting since Find out
how you can get involved.
was founded in 2013.
's commitment to making a difference in the community focuses on building capacity by working together with all of the stakeholders to create sustainable structures that allow all children to read. Our volunteers work to promote literacy in a number of ways. Read more