In Saskatchewan, 33% of adults struggle daily with literacy.
(Source: International Adult Literacy Survey – 2007)
Our volunteers are our most valuable resource in our work to turn around this staggering statistic. Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan provides training and support for all of its volunteers, and works hard to ensure everyone – learners and volunteers alike – feels like a part of the team.
Be part of a caring and trained volunteer network that helps adults and families with their reading, writing, and other literacy skills. Together we will make a difference.
Foundations Learning & Skills Saskatchewan provides training to all its volunteers.
Orientation – Foundations’ orientation introduces the community and prospective volunteers to our agency, literacy facts and challenges facing our city, province, and country. Here you will learn about our literacy programs and services and the various volunteer opportunities available. To find the next Orientation, click here.
Lead Literacy Coach Training – This training provides volunteers with methods and strategies for working with adult learners. The training includes introduction to cultural competencies as well as interactive exercises to help volunteers become more familiar with various coaching techniques. A minimum commitment of six (6) months is requested when volunteering for Lead.
Family Literacy Volunteer Training – Family Literacy Volunteer Training provides volunteers who are interested in working with families, in supporting parents/caregivers as their child’s first teacher, in a group setting.
Spark Reading Guide Volunteer Training – This training provides volunteers with methods and strategies for working with elementary school children during the day.
Requirements for our prospective volunteers:
- Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
- For Lead volunteers a minimum of CLB 8 is required.
- For Spark volunteers a minimum of CLB 8 is required.
- For Family Literacy volunteers a minimum of CLB 5 is required.
In addition to training, Foundations screens all prospective volunteers thoroughly and reserves the right to refuse and/or to reassign volunteers to best meet the needs of our learners and the agency.
We ask that all prospective volunteers provide Foundations with the following:
1. Attend an orientation prior to applying. Visit the events page to register for the next orientation date.
2. The volunteer application form provides us with your current contact information, references and areas of greatest interest. There are two ways to complete the form: download the form here, fill it out, and bring it to the Foundations office, or click here to complete the form online.
3. Criminal Security Check with Vulnerable Sector Search: In order for your application process to be complete, we will need an original of your results.
4. Read and agree to Foundations policies and procedures.
– Code of Ethics
– Complaints procedure for clients, volunteers and stakeholders
– Conflict of Interest
– Confidentiality Policy
– Privacy and Data Use Policy
– Social Media Policy
– Volunteer Policies
– Workplace Substance Management Policy
5. Once your application has been approved, attend a training in the area that best interests you listed here.