Not So Secret Book Club – Gloucester

Pop along to Tuffley Park from  10am -12pm every Tuesday in the summer holidays and pick up a children’s book free of charge.

We’ve got a huge selection, from simple board books to teen fiction. We’ll also have craft materials available and inspiration for simple creative projects. Story sessions too. We’ll be outside the café. Any questions send us a quick email or a message on facebook.

Not So Secret Book Club – Wotton Under Edge

The Not So Secret Book Club will be coming to Synwell Playing Field on Friday 31st July and then on the 7th, 14th and 21st August. 10am – 12pm.

It’s a free drop- in activity for children of all ages. They can pick up a book and craft pack and there will be story telling.

It’s the opportunity to give all local children access to reading material during the holidays.

In the past families across Wotton have been generously giving unwanted books to children’s literacy projects across Gloucestershire. This is our way of saying ‘thank you’.

Seeing progress

“For over a year now I have been reading with Reception and Year 1 children at a local primary school, spending 30 minutes at a time a couple of days a week.

As well as helping the children to read, I also like to encourage them to ask questions and have a general chat with me – I love to hear their stories and I think this is great for their confidence in speech.

I have seen children progress so well that they no longer need any help with reading which is such a great achievement for them and this makes it all seem worthwhile when you have helped them to achieve this.”

Louise Hale – CFH Docmail

Literacy Packs In Lockdown

During ‘lock down’ we’ve been unable to go in to school as usual to hear children read. We know that many of the children we hear every week have few if any books at home so we needed to provide book packs fast and with limited resources. (We’re also great believers in making every penny work as hard as possible.) There are times when the power of facebook and the generosity of keen readers can come together as a fantastic force for good. We put a call out for children’s books and the offers came thick and fast. Within a week we had collected (on foot) more than 2,000 books from Julia Donaldson to Jacqueline Wilson, David Walliams to Tom Gates. Our local printers made up packs of paper and our Lib Dem councillor provided funds for felt tips, pens and crayons. We’ve been distributing packs ever since and they’ve been really making a difference. So thank you everyone for responding so quickly and in particular to all the young readers who willingly gave up their cherished favourite books. We’ve been inundated with thank you messages. ‘A big thank you for the books and craft packs. The children love them xx’

Greedy.Company gives life to Read With Me

We know that it’s often only through team work you can make things happen. When you’re trying to launch something from scratch but with big ambitions then it helps if you can work with the best in the business. We needed an identity and a website but needed to concentrate all our funds on delivering reading support and that’s when Greedy. Company (website) stepped in. They’re an ethical agency and they understand that literacy is pivotal to education and making the world a better place for everyone. Will and Charlie gave us their time, expertise and that extra understanding of digital media which will allow us to do so much more. Thank you!

2.6 Challenge

Westfield School has 40% of children on Pupil Premium many of whom have been in school during lockdown as well as the children of frontline workers whose parents have been at the coal face. They needed to provide quality meals which the usual caterer was unable to supply. It was important to the teachers to give this support to the children and also to take the pressure off parents working round the clock.

We are all keen runners, cyclists and swimmers and were feeling a bit hemmed in by the lockdown so we decided to ruin a perfectly good Sunday morning by embarking on a murderous 2.6 challenge to raise funds.

So via Zoom we all polished off 26 rounds of crunches, squats, press ups (you name it we did it) in 26 minutes, culminating with some planking and we’d moved the needle past the £1,000 mark.

Thanks everyone who dialled in including Laurence from lockdown in South Africa. You can see the video here (and of course try it yourself at home.)