Bracknell Starfish Programme funds local reading mentors

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Berkshire charity ABC to Read has received £1,500 from Bracknell Forest Homes via its Starfish Programme Community Fund. The grant will support the recruitment and training of local reading mentors.

ABC to Read volunteers work with local Berkshire children on a one-to-one basis to encourage their love of reading and through it, improve their literacy and future opportunities. The primary school children selected to work with an ABC to Read mentor are identified by the schools as those children who would benefit most from one-to-one support.

Bracknell Forest Homes work in partnership with local organisations to ensure a better quality of life for their customers. One aim of their Starfish Programme is to help local young people develop to their full potential by supporting opportunities for them to build confidence and social skills in order to contribute constructively to their communities.

Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “Through this generous grant, Bracknell Forest Homes acknowledge how critical reading skills are to achieve a better quality of life. It is great for us to partner with an organisation so aligned with our mission.”

There are still spaces available for any new volunteers to take part in training after Easter. For more information about training days or joining the scheme as a school, contact: abctoread@btconnect.com