As Volunteer Week approaches in a few weeks, local reading charity ABC to Read is shouting from the rooftops about the life-changing impact volunteers have. The charity works with local school children who are identified by their schools as struggling significantly with their reading. ABC to Read trained mentors make reading fun for the children, encouraging and supporting progress in their ability while nurturing a genuine love of the pastime. They also run parent workshops to teach parents how to help their children to develop this essential life skill.
The influence this model of one-to-one volunteer tutoring has on the youngsters’ future prospects is substantial. Trust in ABC to Read has been reaffirmed once again by Berkshire Community Foundation, who have awarded a further £1,000 to the charity thanks to funding from Sport Relief Community Cash 2016. The grant will enable the charity to provide training and support to volunteers who will work with children in Whitley.
Many children across the country have recently been allocated places at their local primary schools. These early schooling years build strong foundations for the future and ABC to Read recognises how much of an impact volunteers can have when focusing on reading skills at an early age.
Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “We believe life is better when everyone can read well and express themselves with confidence. Sadly there are thousands of children leaving primary school unable to read to the expected level and illiteracy is a persistent national problem in the UK. Our ABC to Read trained volunteers change this. They transform children’s lives by giving them the skills, confidence and imagination to reach their full potential. We have many children waiting for our support and would welcome applications from volunteers looking to help local children across Berkshire.”