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ABC to Read - Literacy Support

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ABC (Assisting Berkshire Children) to Read is a local charity providing support to children who are struggling to read and lack confidence. We recruit, train and support community volunteers to provide one-to-one mentoring of primary school children who are struggling to read. We currently have around 120 volunteers in over 60 schools in Berkshire.  We believe that children who have poor reading skills benefit enormously from individual attention, whether this is from a mentor or parent, who can give encouragement and make reading fun.

We also provide workshops to parents to show them how the can support their children from home.

Our office is at Bridge Hall in Reading but our services cover the whole of Berkshire.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Marcia Rowlinson
Contact Position
Chief Operating and Development Officer
0118 9511336
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Where to go

ABC to Read
St Marks Church Hall
Cranbury Road
RG30 2TD

Postal address postcode: RG30 2TA (for sat nav RG30 2TD)

When is it on?

Session Information
Support is given in school during the afternoons
twice a week.

Other details

Age Range
Primary aged children

Local Offer

Is your service accessible?
Service is provided within schools.
What are the eligibility criteria for your service?
The service is open to primary age children that would benefit from one to one support twice a week during term time only. Schools need to authorise our support so we can recruit, train and support a volunteer within a local school.
Who provides / funds your service?
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
Details of charges, whether any help is available with costs
Charges are made for running parent workshops to the centre that requests the workshop to be carried out.
Feedback and complaints procedure
Schools complete an evaluation once a year.
All parent workshops carried out are evaluated after each session.
How will I know my child/ young person will be safe using this service?
Our volunteers go through a stringent recruitment process including safeguarding training.
Local Offer Age Bands
Supporting people with
  • Behavioural, emotional, social difficulties
  • Moderate learning difficulties
  • Speech, language communication needs
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Address: St Marks Church Hall  Cranbury Road  Reading  Berkshire

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