ABC to Read’s vision is to help every child become a reader, with the self-confidence and skills to make positive life choices and contribute to their wider community. The organisations mission is to transform children’s lives by working with primary schools, families and the children themselves to provide high quality support in developing literacy skills and building self-confidence. They provide Berkshire Primary Schools with volunteer reading mentors who motivate, raise self-esteem and help each child they work with to enjoy reading. The volunteers work weekly with each child they support (usually 3 children per volunteer but sometimes more).

With the £2,758 grant from BCF, ABC to Read have recruited, trained and placed 13 new volunteers at primary schools across Berkshire. They also held a literacy festival during World Book Week where workshops were held free of charge to show families how they can support their children at home. They also donated 15 new books to the schools who have been with the charity for 15 years, as a way of celebrating their 15th Birthday.

“Being an ABC to Read volunteer also presents the opportunity of being a consistent adult in a child’s life, and in my experience the children really look forward to your visits and enjoy the time spent with you.  It means a lot that you are devoting that special time to them alone and this can also help to build up their self-esteem”

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