Making a difference locally: The P&M Group
Posted by Danielle Wright
25 Nov 2016
The P&M Group is a family business based in Gloucester. For the past three years they have supported a local primary school to deliver the Young Readers Programme. Reading is a passion that runs in the P&M family so the Young Readers Programme felt like the perfect way to support children in their local community.
Research shows that children who read for enjoyment are more likely to achieve at or above their expected level than those who don’t, regardless of their socio-economic background. The Young Readers Programme, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in the 2016/17 academic year, provides teachers with training and support to deliver three fun events throughout the year where children can choose a new book to keep.
For the last three years, staff at the P&M Group have generously volunteered their time to support at the events, taking part in a range of literacy-focused activities including library treasure hunts, creating glittery masks and making pizza! The volunteers have reported a sense of satisfaction and felt encouraged to read with their own children.
CEO Andy Moon shared the value that the P&M Group place on both staff development and supporting local children to read for enjoyment:
“It’s all about enabling people to fulfil their potential, and recognising that, given the right support and chances, people might be able to achieve more than even they ever thought. That’s true for our staff and for the children at Tuffley Primary School. We know that reading improves a young person’s life chances so it’s a privilege to help out with that and make a difference in our local community.”
We were delighted to hear that the P&M Group achieved the silver level of Investors in People accreditation this year, recognising their outstanding leadership, supportive work environment and commitment to continuous improvement and that the P&M Group’s fantastic ongoing support of the Young Readers Programme contributed to this success.
If you are a business who would like to provide a volunteering opportunity for staff and support a local school or schools to promote reading for enjoyment, please contact Beccy Fellows (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about the Young Readers Programme.
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