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Community-based Reading Odyssey

A Journey to read for meaning, knowledge & understanding
A community movement in enabling children to be lifelong learners, 

powered by inter-agency collaborations & volunteers 

The Reading Odyssey (RO) is a reading programme for children with low reading ability. Through collaboration with community groups and volunteers, the movement encourages:

  • a guided reading approach

  • the development of information processing skills in children

  • the increase of well-being and social mobility in children, and their meaningful inclusion in society


The programme serves primary school children who are vulnerable by their social circumstances or unmet need.


As of Dec 2019, the programme has served about 600 children and involved more than 500 volunteers. 

Reading Odyssey: Stories at Home

During the COVID-19 period, there were many unprecedented challenges and the team alongside with community partners, continued to reach out and engage the children by exploring new modes of engagement.


SHINE launched a series of online sessions, guided by volunteers called ‘Reading Odyssey: Stories at Home’ which could be accessed through mobile phones or other digital devices.

Our Community-Based Reading Odyssey groups:
  1. @27 FSC

  2. C.L.U.B. Ministry

  3. Community of Praise Baptist Church

  4. Spooner Road

  5. TOUCH Young Arrows (TYA) Geylang Bahru

  6. TYA Sembawang

  7. TYA Marine Parade

  8. TYA Hougang1

  9. TYA Serangoon

  10. TYA Tampines

  11. Ulu Pandan Stars (UPStars)

Volunteer with us!

The programme provides volunteers with the opportunity to help enable the children to get a good start in reading so that they can perform better in life.


You will be required to:

  • read with children, either in pairs or in small groups

  • listen to children reading aloud

  • engage in discussion with the children to build up their confidence and reading skills

Session information:

  • estimated 2.5 hours per session

  • weekday nights / Saturday mornings or afternoons (varies by community)

Low Ching Voon, Geraldine

Lee Yin Wan, Magdalen

For volunteer enquiries,  please contact:

Help our Children and Youth SHINE!


Tel: 6286 9905

Fax: 6286 6230

463 Hougang Ave 10 #01-964
Singapore 530463

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