Reading as easy as ABC thanks to Thames Valley Housing

Volunteers learning how to support children to read.

Volunteers learning how to support children to read.

Children in Reading will get help with their ABC thanks to Thames Valley Housing.

Thames Valley Housing (TVH) has donated £5,000 from its Community Chest fund to Assisting Berkshire Children to read (ABC to Read)   to train 14 volunteers to work with children who have difficulty reading.

Tessa Dove, Chief Officer at ABC to Read, said, “Children who struggle with reading often lack the skills and confidence to fulfil their potential.   One to one help from the education system will always be limited, so teachers put them forward to receive help from us.

“Our volunteers work with each child individually, for half an hour twice a week, for up to one year, if necessary.   We are really grateful to TVH for this funding.  Increasing our volunteers means we will be able to support up to 40 more children in Reading who are struggling to learn to read.”

ABC to Read works in 50 Berkshire primary schools, 22 of which are in Reading, and currently supports around 100 children in the Borough.

Tessa Bird, Community Investment Officer at TVH, said, “This kind of support results in a more positive attitude to reading, ensures the child can go on to further education and improves their self-esteem and confidence.  Our residents have told us that improving access to education is important to them, and I am delighted we’ve been given the opportunity to assist this vital project”

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Editors notes

Thames Valley Housing is based in Twickenham, South West London and houses a wide range of people who have many different needs. Founded in 1966, the association owns, manages and administers loans for over 14,500 properties in London, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Sussex, and has 200 properties under construction.


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