Berkshire charity ABC to Read has been awarded a donation of £4,000 by Sovereign Housing, enabling the charity to recruit and train six volunteers to provide one-to-one mentoring to primary school children in West Berkshire who are struggling with their reading.
ABC to Read have a waiting list of 25 new schools and 21 existing partner schools who have requested additional volunteer mentors. As a direct result of the Sovereign Housing donation, six volunteers in four schools will be recruited, trained and supported over the course of the year to mentor children who are struggling with their reading.
According to the Department for Education, almost one in eight children leave primary school without the expected level of reading required for them to cope with the secondary curriculum. ABC to Read volunteers tackle this directly with one-to-one mentoring for the children that schools identify as in most need of support and encouragement.
Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “The literacy of our children is of the highest importance and this donation from Sovereign Housing will help us to continue the one-to-one mentoring we provide, on a wider scale.”
Volunteers would need to be available for training for three hours per week for a year. Anybody interested in becoming a volunteer should email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sovereign Housing is the largest housing association in the south and south west of England.