Berkshire Community Foundation renews support for local reading mentors

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Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF), has awarded a grant of £2,000 to local reading charity ABC to Read to fund the recruitment, training and support of a further five volunteers as one-to-one reading mentors.

The Three Community Grassroots Fund, awarded via BCF, is for community groups in the Windsor and Maidenhead area that work with young people. Organisations eligible for the grant must be active in their local community for more than 12 months, be volunteer led and be connected with or meeting the needs of the local community.

ABC to Read is strongly rooted in the community, with participating schools in Berkshire identifying the local children who are struggling most with their reading. This recent £2,000 grant follows donations of over £15,000 from BCF in recent years, confirming their passion for and belief in the work that the charity does.

Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “Berkshire Community Foundation continue to be great supporters of our work. As school demand increases, these additional five volunteers will be able to support numerous local children who are struggling to read and in the process, restore the fun to this critical skill and beloved pastime.”

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.