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Shiregreen storytelling set to bring the family together

31 October 2017
A new book club has been set up at Shiregreen Neighbourhood Centre to encourage under 5's to love reading.

Shiregreen residents will start a new chapter in their reading lives, as part of a new project being marked during Community Impact Week 2017.

Book club

Sanctuary Housing has teamed up with Best Start Communities Count to set up a new book club at Shiregreen Neighbourhood Centre, aimed at encouraging a love of reading in under 5s and their parents or carers.

At each session, attendees will engage in a group story and take part in an exciting craft activity, before borrowing a book to take home and read with the family. Parents and carers will also be given a book to take away and enjoy at home themselves.

Community Impact Week 2017

Staff from Best Start are urging residents to join them and mark Community Impact Week 2017, an event running from 6 – 12 November that celebrates the ways in which housing associations make a difference to people’s lives. The club will continue to run on Tuesdays 3.30 – 5pm until February next year.

“Increase confidence”

Sarah Newton from Best Start said: “We have started the book club to help increase the confidence of children and their parents and carers in their reading skills, and to show how much fun it can be.”

“Boost to literacy and communication skills”

Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, added: “One of our hopes for this project is that the families involved will develop a love for books and that they’ll see a real boost to their literacy and communication skills as a result.

“Community Impact Week has given us a fantastic opportunity to promote the valuable work of the club in reducing isolation for parents and carers of young children.”

Families interested in attending the book club can find out more by emailing Fiona Spotswood fionaspotswood@manorandcastle.org.uk or by calling 07507 072134.

This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.