Toe By Toe In The Community - Read For Life


Toe By Toe In The Community - Read For Life

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The Toe By Toe reading manual is used with tremendous success in community projects worldwide. One such project is 'Read For Life', based at The LEAP Children & Families Centre in Tameside in Greater Manchester, U.K.

Originally set up as St Peter’s Partnerships in 1998 by a group of residents, LEAP is a registered charity bringing people together in order to promote a range of community initiatives to tackle underlying long-term difficulties facing the area. This includes poor literacy and reading skills.

We visited Project Co-ordinator, Angie Knowles, who told us how her dedicated team of volunteers 'change lives' with Toe By Toe.
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How 'Read For Life' Works


Currently LEAP has 16 students enrolled. A team of volunteers are assigned 2 or 3 clients who they see twice a week. The Toe By Toe scheme has been developed in such a way as to make it possible for several 'tutors' to work with one client on different days.

This makes it possible for a client to have more than one mentor and thus increase the frequency of the intervention. As a consequence, this dramatically increases the
chances of success. Momentum builds and the client begins to realise that - after all their struggles with literacy in the past - this is something they can really do. Self-confidence also increases dramatically as a result.

Toe By Toe is diagnostic in the sense that it ensures all the basics are in place before moving on to the next stage. Areas of weakness are worked on systematically and methodically so both mentor and client can clearly see progress.

It also boosts clients’ confidence as they can see for themselves just how well they are progressing.

Of course, as literacy is such a precious gift, the mentors’ engagement with their clients’ learning is especially worthwhile. In effect, the benefits flow both ways. Both mentor and client derive great pleasure in the learning process.

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Recruiting Clients and Mentors


As a charity, LEAP requires funding. Currently, the 'Read for Life' Project is funded by:

1) People’s Postcode Trust, which aims to fund projects that help to prevent poverty, support healthy initiatives and uphold human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups

and

2) Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, who set up a fund to build strong neighbourhoods, boost volunteering and empower the region’s young people

Volunteers and struggling readers respond to flyers left in libraries and community centres, Job Centres and radio advertising.  Sometimes they are referred to LEAP directly by Job Centre staff.  Mentors tend to be retired people and ex-primary school teachers. In fact, anyone who has some spare time and feels they can make a contribution.

When clients finish Toe By Toe they jointly prepare an ‘End of Project Report’ for evaluation. Clients also receive a special Toe By Toe certificate and a book at a presentation ceremony.  This is a very proud day for all concerned.

Another rewarding aspect of the project is watching clients bloom. Gradually, after being marginalised in society and mired in low self-esteem for so long, clients gain the self-confidence to go out into the community and find a role for themselves.

One student raced through TBT in 9 months and now works in a charity shop.  Another student is now volunteering in a local hospital. They also recently enrolled as a student on an accredited learning course.

Toe By Toe truly transforms lives. Many clients who complete the 'Read For Life' course confirm that. Life becomes so much better form them in so many ways.

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Toe By Toe Manual
The Toe By Toe Manual has given THOUSANDS of children, adolescents and adults with reading difficulties the gift of reading.
Stride Ahead Manual
The Stride Ahead Manual is for anyone who can read, but who still has difficulty in understanding what they read.
Stareway To Spelling Manual
The Stareway to Spelling Manual ensures that any student can read and spell the 300 most used words in the English language quickly, confidently and accurately.

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