Welcome to ABC To Read


Imagine if you couldn’t read the labels on your food, emails from your friends or the instructions for operating a Smart phone. Without literacy skills, children can easily grow into adults who are unable to lead happy, fulfilled lives and contribute to society.

We help to transform the lives of children who are struggling to read at primary schools across Berkshire. Our volunteer reading mentors work one-to-one with these children, to build their confidence and reading skills. Read John and Margaret’s story to find out about the difference we make.

We are determined to help as many children as we can. Please support our vital work.


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Latest News

ABC to Read bags £3,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

ABC to Read is delighted to announce that it has bagged £3,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme. Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s…

New IKEA partners with Berkshire charity to support local reading

New IKEA partners with Berkshire charity to support local reading

As part of the ‘Let’s play for change’ campaign, IKEA Reading hosted local Berkshire charity ABC to Read in a reading event, inviting children and adults to read together with their collection of story books and soft toys. The IKEA store, which has only been open for 18 months, invited the charity to come and read with…

Reviving the joy of reading

Local Berkshire charity ABC to Read has been awarded a further grant of £2,000 from the Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) to provide additional support to pupils who are struggling to read. The grant will allow ABC to Read to recruit and train more volunteers to offer one-to-one mentoring and encourage children to access the joy…

Berkshire charity hold prices despite education cuts

Local reading charity ABC to Read have announced that they will be holding the price of their school contributions for their volunteer mentors, despite acute pressures on school budgets. The charity’s prices are being held for the seventh successive year at just £360 per volunteer, representing a real-term reduction of 12% over that period; just £3…

Johnny and Margaret’s Story

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