Lets Read Ltd
Who we are
Our charity is passionate about the importance of literacy and tackling the problems of low literacy and its effect on the whole of our community. We help schools in the Sheerwater and Maybury areas of Woking where it has been found that as many as one in three children are starting Secondary School with a reading age of seven or lower. We provide volunteer tutors to schools and also give in excess of 3000 free books to children in schools in our area per year. By targeting children struggling to read at primary level we aim to help children overcome their difficulties at an early age.
We use the synthetic phonics system developed by Ruth Miskin to help children with their reading. This year, 2010/2011 we have worked with four primary schools in the Woking area: Maybury Infants, Brookwood Primary, St John’s, and New Monument. With one-to-one tutor support for just one hour a week, over a period of 26 weeks, we have seen some of our pupils’ reading ages improve from not being able to read at all to having a reading age of 6 or 7 (equivalent to their chronological ages -our best results to date!).
In addition to remedial tuition, we also give free books to children who have little access to books at home. Recent research from Nevada University has found that having as few as 20 books in the home can boost a child’s chances in life. This year we’ve given out books to 976 young people from 13 schools in the area. Each term, during the school year, the children participating in our scheme choose a book from a list of books provided. These books are presented to the children and are theirs to keep forever. We attach a bookplate to the inside front cover of each book which shows the child’s name and also has our logo to remind them in the future of the help they were given by us.
We depend wholly upon charitable donations for the work that we do and all our tutors work on a voluntary basis. You can help us give the Gift of Reading to around 1000 local children each year:
- Just £5 will buy a child a book to keep forever
- £15 will buy a child a book a term for a whole year
- £375 will buy books for a whole class of children for a year
If you are a local business just think what 1% of your profits would do to help improve literacy of the young needy people of Woking. They are your future employees! Please help if you can. Every penny donated goes directly to this cause.