The Big Give Christmas Challenge continues today – any size donation you give to The Reader Organisation online through The Big Give website has the chance of being doubled by match funding from one of our supporters, The Garfield Weston Foundation. This means that £1 will turn into £2, £10 into £20 and £100 into £200…and as every £1 that is invested into Get Into Reading generates £6.47 worth of social value in return (SROI study, 2013), this could make a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of people across communities in the UK.
We’re looking to raise £20,000 to appoint a new Project Worker who will share reading with people who are in most need of the benefits great literature can bring, including looked-after-children in foster care. Our Young People’s Project Workers work each week reading one-on-one with looked-after-children, focusing on reading for pleasure. Through regular reading, young people are engaged with great literature, building their imagination as well as developing their personal confidence, self-esteem and relationships with peers through reading.
Many of the looked-after-children we read with have continued to develop their love of reading after they have left care, and have been involved with special events including an A Little, Aloud for Children party and most recently, a special project filled with reading and activities at Calderstones Mansion House.
“I forget about everything putting pressure on me and go into the book.” – looked after-child reading with TRO
“It’s not like anything I’ve ever read, it’s the best story I’ve ever read…reading the stories makes me wonder how other people feel and want to help them. They make me care about people.” – looked-after child reading with TRO
Your donations could help us grow the reading revolution and reach even more of these young people through shared reading. Click the ‘Donate Online Now’ button on our profile on The Big Give website or click here to donate directly as close as possible to 10am today to increase our chance of match funding.