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Become a Reading and Numeracy Together Mentor

Are you a Queen's Student? You can make a difference!

A vital part of the success of our programmes is its Queen's Student Mentors, through commitment, empathy, and enthusiasm, they build bonds with their mentees to foster a love of reading.

We will be recruiting in September 2024 for the 2024-2025 programme. If you would like to support a child on a one to one basis and are looking for paid experience working with children please email

All recruited mentors will be required to take part in 2 day training programme 

What qualities do our Mentors need?

  • Must be a current student at Queen's University Belfast
  • Must be able to commit to an hour a week over the academic year, plus account for prep time
  • Will be expected to attend monthly support meetings 
  • Attend events run by the programme, e.g. Reading Together/Numeracy Together/Steps to Success Graduation Ceremony 
  • A commitment to the aims and ethos of Reading Together, Numeracy Together and Steps to Success
  • Be willing to undertake training and Access NI 
  • A genuine desire to work with looked after children 
  • Committed and reliable 

Kendra - Numeracy Together Mentor

Eve - Reading Together Mentor

Charlotte - Numeracy and Reading Together Mentor


Rebecca - Numeracy and Reading Together Mentor


Caitlyn - Numeracy and Reading Together Mentor


Seeing the confidence you have helped instil into each child is so rewarding! Cara Barton, Social Policy Student
Queen's Student Mentor
I think the best part of Numeracy Together was when something that seemed hard and maybe a bit boring turned out to have some really fun activities like origami and it became so much less intimidating" Rachel Newell, History Student
Queen's Student Mentor
Going into being a mentor, I was very nervous about being able to connect properly with the child and make it fun for them. Now, looking back, I had no reason to be worried. The relationship that I have developed with the young person is definitely the highlight of this whole experience. Seeing his confidence grow in terms of reading and comprehension comes a close second! Jennifer Roberts, Law Student
Queen's Student Mentor
It's so enriching to interact with the kids every week. I feel like I learned as much from them as they learned from me. It was such good fun" Charlotte Ancion, Medicine Student
Queen's Student Mentor
My favourite part of the programme has been getting to know my wonderful mentee. It has been an amazing opportunity to witness first hand her confidence grow week on week and talk about school with much more positivity than before Claire Young, Medicine Student
Queen's Student Mentor
I really enjoyed working across a variety of Maths subjects in fun ways that allowed room for creativity, seeing my mentee develop in these areas, and discovering that we both shared a love of axolotls! Abi Way, Product Design Engineering Student
Queen's Student Mentor
I loved seeing weekly progress, as well as the significant progress from October to February. Our first book consisted of mostly pictures with a little text, whilst our final book consisted of a lot of text and just a few pictures. I'm a very proud mentor! Aisling Sweeney, Medicine Student
Queen's Student Mentor