Take 10

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The Take 10 Challenge encourages everyone to read for 10 minutes every day to improve their wellbeing and support their literacy.

First developed by Read Manchester, Take 10 now inspires children, families, and organisations nationally as part of the National Literacy Trust's Connecting Stories campaign and is proudly supported by Wesleyan and Arts Council England.

Thousands #Take10ToRead with Ant & Dec!

More than 55,000 school children attended our Take 10 moment with superstar TV presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly!

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, Ant & Dec chatted about the importance of reading for wellbeing, introduced pupils to their debut book Propa Happy (Farshore Books) and led the nation in our #Take10ToRead moment.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week from the Mental Health Foundation takes place this year on 9-15 May 2022 and is an important time for schools and communities to reflect on how we are all feeling and what we can do to improve our wellbeing and that of the children and people around us.

That's why we are holding a #Take10ToRead moment at 10am on Tuesday 10 May 2022 and we encourage schools, communities and businesses across the nation to stop what you are doing and read for 10 minutes together!

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The research

Our research shows us that reading can be an effective way of helping people take care of their mental health and wellbeing - and it only takes 10 minutes a day to see the benefits! Reading every day can help everyone - children, young people and adults - to:

  • Relax, unwind and boost their mood
  • Escape from the pressures of life and reduce their stress levels
  • Improve your memory and concentration

This year's Mental Health Awareness Week theme is loneliness: research from Quick Reads investigated how reading impacts our ability to connect to others finding that reading for just 30 minutes a week means you’re 52% more likely to feel socially included than those who have not read in the past week and 72% more likely to have greater community spirit. Readers are also 37% more likely to get greater pleasure out of their social lives."

Check out some of our tips and ideas below to inspire your school or organisation to #Take10ToRead every day and support their wellbeing this Mental Health Awareness Week and beyond.

Get involved

Schools

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Support your pupils and students to Take 10 this Mental Health Awareness Week inspiring them to keep reading every day at school and at home. You could:

  • Join our Take 10 moment at 10am on Tuesday 10 May 2022
  • Run daily Take 10 moments during break, lunch or tutor period – download and print our Take 10 poster to advertise your #Take10ToRead moments
  • Create Take 10 book recommendation display boards that pupils can update themselves – download and print our Take 10 book recommendation cards for pupils to fill in and share
  • Encourage secondary school pupils to leave reviews in the school library – download and print our Take 10 book review cards for students to write mini reviews
  • Pupils might benefit from using reading reward charts or similar – download and print our Take 10 bookmarks for pupils to colour in as they read each day
  • Set up mini libraries or borrow boxes in spots around school or in classrooms – use our book recommendation postcards here too!
  • Set up pupil-led reading groups
  • Encourage readers to try fiction, non-fiction, comics, audiobooks, magazines and articles, to find out what they love to read and what they should read next!
  • Inspire everyone in your community to read every day by sharing your Take 10 challenge on social media using the hashtag #Take10ToRead and tag the National Literacy Trust

Head to the Mental Health Awareness Foundation website to download their School Pack and check out our school resources to support wellbeing through literacy teaching.

Supporting wellbeing through literacy teaching

Check out our collection of activities designed to allow children and young people to reflect on their experiences, and bond with classmates and teachers.

They also provide opportunities to revisit and build on literacy skills, to strengthen learning re-establishing both skills and enjoyment across reading, writing, speaking and listening.

School resources for supporting wellbeing
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Communities and organisations

Support your staff, their families and your community to Take 10 this Mental Health Awareness Week inspiring them to keep reading every day to support their wellbeing.

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  • Join our Take 10 moment at 10am on Tuesday 10 May 2022 – you can email connecting.stories@literacytrust.org.uk to find out more
  • Hold daily Take 10 moments throughout Mental Health Awareness Week – download and print our Take 10 poster to advertise your #Take10ToRead moments
  • Inspire everyone in your community to read every day by sharing your Take 10 on social media using the hashtag #Take10ToRead and tag the National Literacy Trust
  • Download our Take 10 ideas sheet to encourage every day reading in your workplace or organisation – from setting up a book group or swap to organising your own library space or book corner!
  • Download and print our Take 10 book review cards for staff to share reviews as part of your activities

Do you work with children or families in the community?

  • Download and print our Take 10 book recommendation cards for children or families to fill in and share – you could create a display area or board in your community space
  • Download and print our Take 10 bookmarks for children or families to colour in as they read together each day
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    Take 10 for families

    Encourage parents, grandparents and carers to Take 10 at home with their children.
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  • Book group

    How to set up a book group

    Book groups are a great way of sharing a love of reading between friends and colleagues.
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  • Pupils choose brand new books to take home at Orbital Shopping, Swindon.jpg

    How to set up a book swap

    Share your love of reading and discover exciting new books with families, colleagues and friends.
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#Take10ToRead together!

Inspire everyone in your community to read every day by sharing your Take 10 challenge (and even your pet's!) on social media.

Take pictures, selfies and videos of your Take 10 moments and share using the hashtag #Take10ToRead and tag the National Literacy Trust - we love seeing how you're getting on!

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Previous Take 10 moments

To inspire people to take up and continue the challenge, the National Literacy Trust hold Take 10 campaign weeks and national moments where thousands of people across the UK drop everything and read together for 10 minutes.

  • Maz Evans event

    Children's Mental Health Week, February 2022

    We hosted a live workshop for schools with author Maz Evans, plus authors and Literacy Champions shared why reading is good for their wellbeing.
    Find out more
  • Tom and Louisa Take 10 event

    165,000 people Take 10, October 2021

    The nation stopped what they were doing to read for 10 minutes, and schools took part in events with award-winning author Tom Percival and acclaimed novelist Louisa Reid.
    Find out more
  • Anthony Horowitz Take 10 News

    100,000 people Take 10, May 2021

    The nation took 10 minutes to read at 10am on 10 May and award-winning author Anthony Horowitz virtually visited thousands of children across the UK.
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