We Love MCR have distributed funds alongside our new Charity Partner ATG Access to gift vulnerable families with books during October half-term.
Read Manchester is an organisation with the aims of driving up literacy levels in deprived areas, so that children from poorer backgrounds have a better chance in their education and future employment. Through engaging local families with books and stories, and encouraging a culture of reading for pleasure within the family, they inspire them to make reading a priority in their everyday lives.
Work done by the Education department shows that the children most disadvantaged by recent school closures have also been the least likely to have access to books, or to read, during this period. The National Literacy Trust has also found that children from deprived areas have been disproportionately affected by the virus and the closure of schools which could have a long term effect on their learning. Ensuring that children can have books of their own and are able to expand their literacy skills will help to counter these negative effects, at a time when this is more vital than ever.
This funding in conjunction with support from our Charity Partner ATG Access has allowed Read Manchester to purchase books to gift to vulnerable families during October half term through links with playschemes, foodbanks, children’s centres and homeless families. This book gifting will also have a message about the free resources available to families from libraries and other partners across the city.
Many children and young people have become even more disadvantaged due to the coronavirus pandemic and have been unable to access the online digital offers from schools and other organisations. The book gifting is one way of starting to address this problem of inequality of access.
We LOVE Read Manchester, and the fun and support they give to Manchester kids and parents! Find out more about them on their website readmanchester.org.uk and about their events on their Facebook: facebook.com/readmanchester