Berkshire charity expands after winning Queen’s Award

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SmallFollowing on from their achievement in winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Berkshire charity ABC to Read are looking to increase their number of volunteers to accommodate growing demand.

The charity is going from strength to strength, with reports indicating success rates of over 95%. With a vision for every child in Berkshire to grow up in a positive and ambitious environment, with the literacy skills they need to achieve their potential in life, the charity needs more volunteers to continue its success.

Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, was presented with the Queen’s Award by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 10 June. She said: “It would be such a shame if our children are forced to wait for this valuable mentoring programme when they return to school in the autumn, simply because not enough volunteers have come forward in time for training.”

ABC to Read are running a training session for new volunteers in September and would encourage any individuals who are interested in getting involved to email: abctoread@btconnect.com 

ABC to Read, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, has also recently appointed two new patrons. Dan Freedman, a local children’s author and creator of the Jamie Johnson Series, and Ms Cohen, a writer and tutor of creative writing, have both joined ABC to Read in recent months.

Dan Freedman commented: “As a children’s author who regularly works with reluctant readers, I’m right behind everything that Marcia and the team are trying to achieve.”

On becoming a patron, Ms Cohen added: “I was delighted to be asked.”