We help adults to improve their basic reading, writing, and math skills through our Volunteer Tutor and Small Group programs. We train our tutors in a one-hour orientation session and a 12-hour training workshop.

Tutor FAQ’s

How do I become a volunteer tutor?

Step 1 – Contact Us

Email us at info@hamiltonreads.ca or call 905-529-9907

Step 2 – Attend an Orientation Session

You will:
1. learn more about the Literacy Council
2. hear volunteer responsibilities and rights
3. complete a written skills assessment
4. discover if this is the right volunteer opportunity for you

Monday,September 21st, 2020 at either 1:00p.m. or 6:00p.m.


Step 3 – Attend the Basic Training Workshop

After orientation, you will attend a 12-hour training workshop and submit your Volunteer Tutor Application along with your $15.00 membership. (The annual membership fee entitles you to attend supplementary training workshops, have access to tutoring resources, and voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting.) You are required to attend both sessions of the Training Workshop to become a certified literacy tutor.

Saturday, September 26th, 2020

        9:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

        9:00 to 4:00 p.m.


 Must attend both sessions

What is the time commitment?

We ask for approximately four hours per week for one year.

What qualifications do I need to become a tutor?

A tutor needs excellent communications skills (particularly speaking and writing), patience, and empathy. A complete position description is included in the Volunteer Tutor information package. A written skills assessment is completed at Orientation.

Will I be matched with a student as soon as I finish the training workshop?

If we have a student who is a good fit for you, you will be matched shortly after training is completed.

Where does the tutoring take place?

In tutoring rooms available at our office location or at a nearby library.

Please note – the YWCA closes at 4:00 on Sundays.
The following link will take you to the YWCA’s holiday schedule:


More questions? Email us at info@hamiltonreads.ca or call 905-529-9907.