Local charity celebrates 15 years of reading with youngsters

News from: ABC to read

Local charity ABC to Read is celebrating 15 years of providing trained volunteers to support Berkshire children who are struggling to read. Thousands of local youngsters have benefited from the scheme over that time, improving not only their reading ability but their enjoyment of the pastime as well as their general attitudes and confidence.

To celebrate its 15th birthday, the charity hopes to help a record number of children develop a love of reading to enhance their lives. Plans include supporting a school and orphanage in Malawi by setting up a library, as well as launching a Reading Buddy workshop in secondary schools, training sixth form pupils to support younger ones, thus improving literacy attainment and school cohesion.

ABC to Read’s model of assigning a one-to-one volunteer mentor to work with children identified by their schools as struggling most with their reading, is achieving excellent results with 97% of the children who benefit from an ABC to Read mentor improving in their attitudes towards reading. The result comes from the charity’s most recent annual report, which also highlights that 93% of the youngsters working with them have improved in their reading accuracy.

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

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