Children’s Book Clubs


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Wood Street’s vision is that all children in Manchester and Salford should live a life free from poverty.  This project is the second project we run to help engage children more in their education.  Only by developing their learning skills will children then have the life skills needed in their adulthood to live an independent life free from statutory support.  This is our commitment to try and end Child Poverty and break the cycle of poverty in the region.

We host Book Clubs for one or two days in each school holiday. Using our Family Room, or at outreach locations, we set out a small children’s book shop with tables and chairs there for the kids to sit down and look through the many books on display.  The parents we support throughout the year are encouraged to bring their kids along to experience the Book Clubs themselves.  They can spend as long as they want choosing books to take home and keep as well as learning how to interact and share books with other kids at the Clubs.

Families affected by poverty are very often unable to buy books for their kids and not all live near a local library so the access to books is limited or even nonexistent outside of school.  For many parents they have the additional challenge of being unable to pass on reading skills to their own children.  This is particularly the case for families whose parents cannot read themselves or where English is not their first language.

Since the Book Clubs were introduced in 2009, 967 children have attended the Clubs and the feedback from many parents has confirmed that the reading ability of many of these children is already improving.

We have now started to introduce additional services at the Book Clubs including a recent visit from Roly the Mouse, part of the Blue Mouse Adventure Series written by local author Kate Scott.  Copies of her “Who Ate the Cheese” Book were given to children and they were shown how to access the interactive Mouse Club on the new laptop kindly donated by d2Digital by Design.  We have also had StoryTime at Wood Street with one of our volunteers reading a short story to the kids at the Clubs.

It is great to see so many of the children coming back to the Clubs and the feedback from the parents at the improvements they are seeing in their children’s reading skills and overall concentration at school makes the project so worthwhile.

How can you help this project?

• Donate excellent quality children’s books of all ages.  We help children up to the age of 18 so the scope is vast and we particularly struggle with books suitable for teenage kids.

• Donate excellent quality educational study aids to help children with school exams and studies.

• Donate funds towards the purchase of additional furniture for the Clubs to buy more children’s book display cabinets.

• Spread the word about our work by displaying an appeal poster in your local neighbourhood or place of work. Please contact us for more details.

Ring the office on 0161 834 3140 to book a collection for your children’s book donations.  We accept these all year round with the new books stored ready for inclusion within the Christmas parcels for the children.  We don’t accept any books which are written in, ex-library books or books that have ripped or missing pages. 

 

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