Berkshire charity ABC to Read has received £1,600 from Greenham Common Trust through Find me a Grant, a simple-to-use web portal that enables local charities, organisations and individuals seeking grant funding to make a single online application.
ABC to Read have been working with volunteers for over a decade to mentor youngsters who are struggling with their reading. 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.
The charity currently have over 20 volunteer vacancies across West Berkshire. The donation from Greenham Common Trust will be used to help bridge this gap by recruiting, training and supporting ABC to Read volunteer mentors for schools in the West Berkshire area.
Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “There is high demand in West Berkshire for our volunteer mentors to support local children and this grant will help us to make progress in meeting this demand, for which we’re very grateful.”
ABC to Read recently released their annual figures and reported a 95% improvement in reading confidence and a 93% improvement in children’s attitude towards reading. Of the 196 children evaluated, an impressive 86% recorded that the children who had benefited from an ABC to Read volunteer mentor showed improvement in their overall achievement.