Berkshire Community Foundation funds local reading mentors

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Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) has awarded a grant of £3,100 to local reading charity ABC to Read to fund the recruitment, training and support of a further 10 volunteers as one-to-one reading mentors.

The grant follows donations of over £12,000 from BCF in recent years, confirming their passion for and belief in the work that the charity does, working with Berkshire children who are struggling with their reading.

In its recent annual report, ABC to Read announced an outstanding 99% improvement in general self confidence and a 97% improvement in children’s attitude towards reading. An impressive 99% of responses recorded that the children who had benefited from an ABC to Read volunteer mentor showed improvement in their overall achievement, 57% of whom showed significant improvement.

These figures are testament to the impact of funding from donors such as BCF, directly improving the prospects of children in the area through work on literacy and engagement with education.

Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “We are continually thankful for the support from Berkshire Community Foundation. Their ongoing support has a tangible effect on the lives of the children we work with and enables us to look ahead at how we can broaden the impact we have in the area.”

ABC to Read is actively looking for new schools and volunteers to benefit from the scheme. Volunteers will be fully trained and new schools would receive the one-to-one mentoring support for an extremely low fee, thanks to grants such as those from Berkshire Community Foundation.

For more information or to book onto the next training course in March, please visit www.abctoread.org.uk or email abctoread@btconnect.com