Donation opens doors for primary school reading

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BCF logo newBerkshire charity ABC to Read has been awarded a donation of £4975 by the Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) via Give a Child a Chance, enabling the charity to recruit and train volunteers to provide one-to-one mentoring to primary school children in Windsor and Maidenhead who are struggling with their reading.

ABC to Read have a waiting list of  new schools and existing partner schools who have requested additional volunteer mentors – 24% of which are based in Windsor and Maidenhead. As a direct result of the BCF donation, ABC to read would like to recruit eight volunteers in who will be recruited and trained to support 24 children with their reading over the course of a year.

According to the Department for Education, almost one in eight children leave primary school without the expected level of reading required for them to cope with the secondary curriculum. ABC to Read volunteers tackle this directly with one-to-one mentoring for the children that schools identify as in most need of support and encouragement.

Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “We are extremely grateful for this generous donation. Our children’s literacy level is such a vital issue to tackle and our team are very excited about recruiting volunteers to support 24 more children in Windsor and Maidenhead with their reading, thanks to Berkshire Community Foundation.”

Volunteers would need to be available for this extremely rewarding position, for two 1 ½ hours  per week during term time, have a passion for reading and be available for at least a year. Anybody interested in becoming a volunteer should email: abctoread@btconnect.com

The charity have also recently run a successful parent workshop to show parents how to make the time spent reading with their children enjoyable for both them and their child, building the child’s confidence and pride in their abilities.

Give a Child a Chance, validated by BCF, aims to raise money for children and young individuals in financial or physical disadvantage.