VolunteeringUnlocking pupils potentialColleagues are supporting young and older pupils to develop their skills to give them the best start in life.Brian is a colleague working in Edinburgh. Three years ago he started volunteering with Reading Partners at a local school with the support of Scottish Business in the Community (BITC) by providing reading lessons to pupils who are struggling to develop important literary skills. Now Brian, with over 40 colleagues, are supporting a second local school and every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Colleagues visit the local schools for half an hour to lead one-to-one reading sessions with pupils. They also help older pupils in other areas such as CV writing, practising interview skills and utilising IT programmes.Brian said: “I think it's very important for colleagues to take the opportunity to get involved in volunteering and support local community initiatives. Sharing our skills as part of Reading Partners is greatly beneficial to help young people in the community develop skills for their futures and it is a great motivational tool for colleagues.”He also volunteers his time to help at local Bank of Scotland Midnight League matches and has supported a Golf Day with over 140 colleagues and raised over £65,000 for BBC Children in Need.