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ABC to Read

Assisting Berkshire Children to Read places trained volunteer reading mentors into Berkshire Schools where they support children who might be living in areas of significant deprivation, or have lost confidence because they’ve fallen behind, or perhaps don’t speak English at home. Their work contributes to improvements in the social and educational inequality that many local children struggle. We have supported ABC to Read in the recruitment, training and support of 23 new volunteers to support 69 children in Berkshire who have difficulty with reading.


To find out more about the work ABC to Read does, or to get involved as a school or volunteer you can visit Assisting Berkshire Children to Read


The Engine Shed

The Engine Shed in Reading is a special interest facility for autistic children and young people. It promotes learning and social skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, using their love of trains as an entry point. Our support helped provide regular monthly sessions, days out and a new train layout as well as supporting their ongoing costs.

To learn more or to volunteer, visit The Engine Shed | Monthly Train Club for Children on the Autistic Spectrum

Eldene Nursery & Primary School

We supported a Lego Therapy intervention project and after school Club at Eldene School in Swindon. The Club aims to help children with multiple barriers to learning (language deprivation, social, emotional and academic gaps, the aftermath of Covid) by using Lego to encourage them to interact with their peers, build relationships, communicate and solve problems through building. Trained staff lead the classroom and children are given specific roles (engineer, builder, supplier etc.) and rules to follow, helping them to be successful as they build. The skills acquired (social contact, interaction and co-operation, learning to take turns) can be generalised to other groups and classroom-based activities.

Our grant helped to provide a range of Lego sets and provided training courses for staff.

Benarty Primary School

Benarty School in Fife have 28 children who are Care Experienced, 5 of whom are also Young Carers and 14 of them have additional support or learning needs. We helped Benarty run several new initiatives.


> A breakfast club a “soft start” to the day for young people transitioning from very difficult circumstances into the learning environment. 

> Weekly cooking lessons teach the children to make wholesome meals using recipe cards they can take home and use again with the adults or other siblings responsible for feeding the family. And teach table setting so the family sit down and eat together.

> A group achieved RYA Dinghy Sailing Level 1 award, while less able children enjoyed the opportunity of being taken sailing on a lager boat and others took a course in Kayaking.

> A group of girls participated in the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme, Foundation Level at a local dog training charity. 

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