Nottingham delivers on literacy support for families

15 Dec 2020
Read On Nottingham at Home book packs6

‘Read On Nottingham at Home’, a new initiative supporting parents to encourage their child’s literacy and language development at home, has launched in Nottingham City from our Read On Nottingham campaign and Literacy Volunteers, supported by The National Lottery Community Fund.

As part of the ‘Read On Nottingham at Home’ initiative, 1,000 families across the city will be sent a free and bespoke literacy pack to their home with books and printed literacy based activity sheets suitable for their child’s age group. Packs also contain books for siblings to encourage the whole family to get reading and share stories every day.

These families are encouraged to sign up to access further fun activities, literacy resources and events appropriate to their needs. The project has worked closely with local schools, community groups and Read On Nottingham’s team of volunteer Literacy Champions to tailor support and resources to the families involved.

Parents will become part of an inspiring literacy community: attending virtual events, group sessions and chatting in dedicated message groups, to inspire and encourage each other in supporting their children’s literacy at home.

Families can find more information plus tips and videos at literacytrust.org.uk/nottingham-at-home and on the Read On Nottingham Facebook page: fb.me/ReadOnNottm.

Charlotte Malik, Manager of Read On Nottingham, said:

We are so pleased to be launching this important initiative with Literacy Volunteers. We want to support and inspire parents to engage with their children’s literacy and language development at all ages.

“After what has been a challenging year for families across the city, it is more important than ever that we encourage and support families to chat, play, read and write with their children, not only to nurture their development, but also to boost their happiness and wellbeing as we head into the new year.

Dawn Claypole, Chief Executive of Literacy Volunteers said:

I am very happy that Literacy Volunteers and Read On Nottingham are working together on this amazing project.

“Delivering these boxes of books to children and families helps us promote a love of books, stories and reading and as we know reading can open the doors to success in later life, as well as helping us enjoy and feel good in the here and now.