Berkshire charity ABC to Read have recently partnered with Reading College to deliver a series of volunteer training events and family educational workshops. The charity, which works with children who are struggling with their reading, provide a range of services from one-to-one mentoring to teaching parents how to read with their children. ABC to read strives to help combat social inequalities in our local community by ensuring all children grow up in a positive and ambitious environment, where everyone has a fair chance of achieving, becoming skilled learners and valuing themselves and others.
The new partnership with Reading College has allowed ABC to Read use of the college’s conference room free of charge to run the training sessions and on 10 December the college also provided a free venue for the charity’s Christmas Coffee Morning for their volunteer mentors. Students from the college welcomed the volunteers on arrival and also made the volunteers small gifts. The students gained some invaluable work experience from the coffee morning by meeting and greeting the volunteers and serving refreshments. Some of the students were quite nervous but they played a remarkable job and gained confidence. The volunteers were overwhelmed by the student’s kindness, enthusiasm and commitment.
Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer said: “The beginning of this partnership marks an exciting new era for ABC to Read as we work together with Reading College to make a real change to the future of our children’s literacy.”
If you would like to know more about becoming an ABC to read mentor or are a primary school that would like our vital support within your school then please contact 0118 9511336, firstname.lastname@example.org