Very often the initiative, drive, commitment and vision of one person can influence so many others and lead to hundreds of beneficiaries.
Paul Harrod approached Ablaze two years ago with an idea that he could recruit good numbers of volunteers to support the Ablaze Reading Buddy scheme in North Bristol. Ablaze staff encouraged Paul to go ahead through his contacts in churches in the Horfield area.
The Bristol Reader’s Group was formed!
We could not have predicted that his enthusiasm and energy would produce so many purposeful and truly excellent Reading Buddies who now work with approaching 250 children in schools in disadvantaged areas across North Bristol on a regular 1:1 basis. Some of these good people spend a morning in a school and see several children,
Paul’s leadership has remained consistent alongside him creating another major project with ex offenders which is now going national.
Ablaze and the children benefitting can feel privileged to be working with such an innovative and socially conscious person as Paul.