The charity, whose name stands for ‘Assisting Berkshire Children to Read’ also runs workshops to show parents how they can help children at home with their reading.
Marcia Rowlinson, the charity’s chief operating and development officer, recommends integrating reading into every aspect of daily life.
“Children need to have many opportunities to experience the printed word and to handle books,” she said. “To give them as much exposure as possible, start to read to them from the time they are babies – bath and soft books are excellent for this as they can also be chewed!”
“I don’t have children or grandchildren of my own, so being an ‘ABC to Read’ volunteer is a great way to connect with younger people,” says one volunteer on the charity’s website. “Before I started volunteering, I thought children might not like being picked out to come for our sessions, but they love it!”
The charity can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org .