Employee Empowerment

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding ways in which you can make a difference to the lives of others. Donating time and expertise to support projects of real value can be the most effective donation of all and can lead to a more empowered workforce.To demonstrate the positive impact Time to Read can have on a workplace we got in touch with two current volunteers and asked what being involved has meant to them.

Caroline Mclaughlin CIP, Finance Department, Zurich got involved in the programme as she loved working with children and was looking forward in helping and developing them in their reading. “The part I enjoy the most is building a relationship with the child and seeing how they are progressing over the weeks and gaining confidence in themselves with their reading. It really is something magical to be part of.”

Photo reel put together by Mr. French, 2nd Class Teacher at St John of God NS;

Time to Read 2016-17 from Faythe School, Wexford on Vimeo.


Caroline really saw the impact Time to Read had on the 2nd class children of St John of God NS during their workplace visit to their Zurich offices in Drinagh, Co. Wexford.

“A great moment for me was when the children came to the Zurich offices where we had a reporter from South East Radio present. The teacher was asked to pick 4 students to talk on the radio, one of my readers who would have been so shy at the start of the programme said to me she wanted to do it. I told her to ask her teacher who then chose her. It was such a proud moment as at the start of the programme she would barely speak, and was now speaking on the radio!”

Hope Stack, Regulatory Compliance Manager with Bank of Ireland in Cabinteely, Co. Dublin also sees the importance of reading for young children and loves her time with the children from their partnering school Holy Family NS, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

“When I first heard of Time to Read I was immediately interested as it sounded like a truly worthwhile programme.  In the fast paced world of technology that we live in it is so important for children to learn the skill of reading and to enjoy the time spent reading from a very early age. As a volunteer I had the privilege to read with some amazing children whom I have seen grow, both in their reading skills and in their overall confidence throughout the programme. It is for this reason I remain involved in the programme as taking the ‘Time to Read’ absolutely does make a difference.”

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