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
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 Toe By Toe in 9 months and now works in a charity shop. Another student is now volunteering in a local hospital. They also recently enrolled 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 for them in so many ways.