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How it works
We provide the children with a recording of their dad reading them a book. Both the recording and a copy of the book itself are sent to the child who can listen to their parent's voice whilst reading or looking at their book.
As one dad said to us about the program:
'It's hard to explain the feeling I get out of it when I know that at night, I'm the last voice he hears before he goes to bed'.
We started this program as a one off to celebrate the International Year of Reading in 2012 but it was so well received by the prison, the dads, and especially the kids - we've kept it going.
AUDIO BOOKS RECORDED FOR CHILDREN
It does get to be emotional. It can bring tears to your eyes because you think of the effect that it’s going to have on them when they hear it.
'Ben' / Prisoner at Loddon
I’ve always loved reading to my kids and have seen the benefit they get - and that’s why I’m delighted that our Fund supports the Read Along Dads program.
Noel Whitfield / Director, Adroit Insurance Group