Primary school reading boosted by Foundation grant

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ABC to read - JPEG logo (1)The work of Berkshire charity ABC to Read has been boosted by a £5,000 grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation, who distribute their funding to organisations that can show that they are addressing a need and whose work is high quality.

The grant will fund the recruitment and training of fifty volunteers in 2014 who will provide one-to-one mentoring to primary school children in Berkshire who are struggling with their reading. The grant will also enable the charity to run five training courses and five follow up courses next year.

ABC to Read is actively looking for new schools and volunteers to benefit from the scheme. Volunteers will be fully trained and schools are eligible to use the government allocated pupil premium to use as a donation to help the charity cover the cost of the volunteers’ support and training.

The latest figures released by the charity show an impressive 98% improvement in reading performance and 97% improvement in children’s attitude towards reading. A staggering 100% of schools recorded that the children who had benefited from an ABC to Read volunteer mentor showed improvement in their overall achievement, 54% of whom showed significant improvement and 23% demonstrated outstanding improvement.

Marcia Rowlinson, ABC to Read Chief Operating and Development Officer, said: “The impact of our volunteer mentors is formally recognised and supported by grants such as this that enable us to continue providing a first class service to children struggling with their reading.”

Volunteers would need to be available for training for three hours per week for a year. Anybody interested in becoming a volunteer should email: abctoread@btconnect.com