Helping children in our communities thrive

Do you feel passionate about helping children in our communities to thrive?

Read With Me is a Gloucestershire organisation, which was set up to ensure that in the future every child will move to secondary school able to read well.

Children who are unable to read properly at the age of 7 never really catch up. These children do less well at school, have reduced employment choices and earning opportunities and a greater chance of going to prison. And research shows that adults who can read for pleasure are generally happier overall.

Every year 200,000 children will leave primary school unable to read well

  • 1 in 4 five years olds struggle with basic vocabulary
  • 96% of primary school teachers are concerned about pupil’s speech and language
  • Children who can’t read can’t take advantage of their education or play a full part in society.

And these statistics are from before Covid made everything even harder for schools, parents and children.

Our volunteers hear each child read twice a week for 10/15 minutes which also helps improve communication and social skills and confidence.

We hear 1500 children a week but urgently need to be able to provide this support to 5,000 children.

We are hoping that members of your congregation may feel able to help.

We ask that volunteers give one or two hours a week, we provide full training and support, with regular social occasions. 

Would you be able to include something in your newsletter or display a poster on your notice board or post something on your social media channels?

We look forward to hearing from you.

Please let us know if you have any questions by contacting either Kate Stacey or its Founder, Linda Cohen, at [email protected]

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Getting in touch

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What happens when you click this button?

On a desktop computer

In order for this to work you will need a computer with at least a microphone and speakers. You do not have to have camera, but obviously it helps.

A new window opens and you are taken to one of our video conference rooms using Google Meet

You may need to grant permission to use your camera and microphone.

We will get a notification that someone wants to join the call and we’ll let you in.

On an iPhone or Android

Download the app Google Meet first. Open the app and give it the permissions it needs to access your camera and microphone.

Then come back and click the Ding Dong! button on this page.

Communion during this time

In these unprecedented times, we are working hard to find imaginative solutions in a landscape that has been rapidly changing. Sometimes we get things right, and sometimes we miss the mark. I apologise that this has been the case regarding communion.

For those of you who have received wafers in a parcel, we would ask that you either consume them, or put them somewhere safe to bring back once we are able to be together again.

We are going to be sending out a new order of service for use during this time as either a simple service of the word or, on occasion, to help us to share an Agape meal together.

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