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Take 10

Read Manchester will launch Take 10 on Tuesday 10th October at 10am. The initiative aims to inspire the whole city to read for 10 minutes every day, which has proven benefits for mental health and relaxation. We have a range of events taking place on the 10th October, but we want to encourage a regular reading habit, so that reading for pleasure happens every day. Therefore Take 10 will run throughout the whole school year.

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We've prepared Take 10 ideas for schools which you can download below.

Take 10 ideas for primary schools Take 10 ideas for secondary schools

Literacy and children’s wellbeing

The National Literacy Trust has just launched new research around children’s mental wellbeing and the links to reading and writing. Children who are most engaged with reading and writing, and enjoy it, have higher levels of mental wellbeing than children who don’t. The National Literacy Trust and children’s mental health charity Place2Be have also produced teachers’ notes and PowerPoints for primary and secondary assemblies, as well as booklists, focusing on wellbeing and reading. Find out more and download the resources.

Shelf Help

Shelf Help is a collection of fiction and non-fiction books that have been chosen by young people and health experts to support young people with their health and mental wellbeing. This also forms part of our Take 10 initiative. A training day on mental health awareness around young people was held for participating schools, and Read Manchester has purchased book collections and resources for these schools:

  • Loreto High
  • Manchester Health Academy
  • Whalley Range
  • Cedar Mount
  • Co-op Academy
  • Newall Green
  • Parrs Wood
  • The Manchester College
  • East Manchester Academy (collection in the public library)
  • Abraham Moss High School

The pilot will be fully evaluated to see if it can be rolled out to further schools if successful.

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