The Reader receives £107k Children in Need funding for Liverpool reading project

The Reader receives £107k Children in Need funding for Liverpool reading project

Liverpool-based charity The Reader has received funding of £107k from BBC Children in Need to encourage children across the city to read for pleasure.

The funding, which will be given over a  three-year period, will be used to match children with volunteers. They will meet once a week for one-to-one reading sessions, after which the children will be offered to chance to join a shared reading group to read aloud and discuss books, poems and plays.

The Reader hopes to reach 120 children - 60 aged 5-9 and 60 aged 10-15, referred to the charity by social care partners.The Reader’s founder and director Jane Davis said: “We are thrilled that BBC Children in Need has awarded funding for another three years of our Reading Heroes campaign. The need is real, there are nearly 2,500 looked-after-children across the Liverpool City Region, but thanks to the dedication and passion of our brilliant volunteers we are able to make a real difference for the children we read with.”

From January 2019, the charity will match children with volunteers for six months of one-to-one sessions, after which the children will be offered an opportunity to join a Shared Reading group in their local community. The Reader’s Shared Reading groups, also led by trained volunteers, bring great books, poems and plays to life through live reading aloud and group discussion.

The Reader’s founder and director Jane Davis said: “We are thrilled that BBC Children in Need has awarded funding for another three years of our Reading Heroes campaign. The need is real, there are nearly 2,500 looked-after-children across the Liverpool City Region, but thanks to the dedication and passion of our brilliant volunteers we are able to make a real difference for the children we read with.

Elizabeth Myers, regional head North of BBC Children in Need said: “We’re always delighted to award new funding to projects like The Reader in Liverpool. Over the coming months, the project will use the funding to support disadvantaged children and young people in the local community and make a tangible and lasting difference to their lives.”

The Reader is actively calling for volunteers to support the project in the Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley and St. Helens areas. More information can be found online.