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World Book Day 2017

2nd March 2017

Happy World Book Day. Today is an annual celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading, with events taking place not only across England but across the world.

To mark the occasion we thought we would share some of the brilliant projects in Essex that have been awarded grants to support their work in improving literacy skills, boosting confidence and developing a love of reading in young people.

Schoolreaders received £5,000 to establish a countywide literacy scheme with volunteers listening to children read in primary schools on a one on one basis.

Shakespeare for Schools received £5,500 for a project where young people transform Shakespeare’s words into their own performances. 

• Signpost received £6,500 to continue their Homework Club on Greenstead estate in Colchester.

Chelmsford Prison received £5,955 to run an educational, story telling project in the library for the children of fathers held in custody. The Storybook Dads project allowed children to hear their father’s voice on a recorded CD and gave the men the opportunity to improve their literacy skills.

We support a vast array of community organisations working across all areas, literacy skills being just one of them. If you would like to discuss how ECF can help you or your business to support local charitable causes whatever your scale of giving or area of interest, please call Jo Murphy, Head of Communications, or Steven Mackenzie, Development Officer, on 01245 355947.