Project information

Help children find the fun in reading

Imagine if you couldn’t read the labels on your food, emails from your friends or the instructions for operating a Smart phone. Without literacy skills, children can easily grow into adults who are unable to lead happy, fulfilled lives and contribute to society.

September 2017 - July 2018

Charity information: Assisting Berkshire Children To Read

Assisting Berkshire Children To Read logo
  • Need


    Through our project we aim to help reduce deprivation, unemployment and poverty in parts of the Berkshire community by breaking down the barriers felt towards reading and education. There is a clear link between poverty and poor literacy. Berkshire Community Foundation’s Vital Signs Report shows how the measure of people in Berkshire who grow into adulthood with no qualifications “is strongly correlated to disadvantaged areas across the county” (Berkshire Community Foundation).


    Our project relies on the efforts of community volunteers. Our volunteers spend half an hour with each pupil twice a week in school. The child 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.These children have gained skills required for them to succeed at secondary school and beyond

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    One volunteer recruited will support 3 children


    » To recruit, train and support 20 volunteers to mentor 60 children each year. To raise funds to support our core service

    What success will look like

    and building their self-confidence dramatically enhances their employability in the future. The teachers in the schools that we support monitor the progress of the children we help

  • Impact


    In our annual school evaluations survey for 2015-16 it was shown how ABC to read had a huge impact on the reading performance and self-confidence of the children we helped.
    • 96% improved in their attitude to reading
    • 95% improved in their reading performance
    • 96% of the childrens’ general self-confidence and self-esteem increased
    • 93% of the childrens’ comprehension in reading improved


    We do hold reserves for emergency situations to ensure that we can carry out our promise of supporting the children for a minimum of one year.Once a volunteer is placed into a school we ask for a contribution towards our work which helps us with an income and fundraise through grants and trusts


    Reports are issued as requested

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,535

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      Amount Heading Description
      £120 Handbooks £6 x 20 volunteers
      £708 Expenses £35 x 20 volunteer expenses
      £500 Recruitment £25 x 20
      £500 Interviewing 25x20
      £2,300 Training 115x20
      £250 Books and Games 12x20
      £7,316 Staff School visits, follow up, management
      £1,841 Running costs Rent etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    School Contribution for 20 volunteers £7,200 Conditional
  • Background


    Berkshire wide


    60 children each year and 20 volunteers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only organisation in the region to offer this service and provide continuing support to our volunteers through our training programme. The impact of our work is causing us to receive new requests from local schools for volunteers. Our trainers are experienced from the education sector

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Marcia Rowlinson

    Chief Officer overseeing the operations and development of the charity


Buy a box of books and games

“I really looked forward to my reading sessions. She [the volunteer] made me feel like I was really good at reading – it made me happy.”

A child