ABC to read
ABC to read is a charity that provides 1-1 support to Berkshire primary school children who are struggling with read. The charity also provides Buddy workshops to 6th formers so that they can support their younger peers as well as parent helper training and workshops to parents showing them how they can support their children at home with reading.
Assisting Berkshire Children to read, ABC to read, was set up and registered with the Charity Commission in 2004. Our mission is to recruit, train and support community volunteers to provide 1:1 mentoring of primary school children (ages 5 to 11, throughout Berkshire and part of Buckinghamshire, who are struggling with their reading. Every year the hundreds of pupils we work with, ‘discover’ the pleasure of reading, helping them to gain a crucial skill for life, both at school and beyond. We specifically help children who are not entitled to individual help through statutory funding.
Our project relies on the efforts of the community volunteers, who spend half an hour with each pupil twice a week in school term time. The children and their mentor pursue a range of literacy-based activities, such as sharing books, playing games and enjoying conversation. This encourages the building of the pupil’s literacy skills as well as their confidence and self-esteem.
All our volunteers go through a stringent recruitment process, including DBS checks and safeguarding, to ensure the best quality assistance is provided to the children.