£500,000 boost for literacy campaign
A DRIVE to boost literacy across Hackney has been given a huge boost. The Learning Trust has secured an extra £500,000 to fund the Words Unite reading campaign for the next two years. More than 60 projects have been set up in schools and libraries since
A DRIVE to boost literacy across Hackney has been given a huge boost.
The Learning Trust has secured an extra £500,000 to fund the Words Unite reading campaign for the next two years.
More than 60 projects have been set up in schools and libraries since Words Unite was launched last year.
Among them are a creative writing club at Our Lady's Convent High School in Amhurst Park, Stamford Hill.
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Tutor and writer, Catherine O'Shea, who taught year nine girls how to write short stories, poems and plays, said: "I have been inspired by the discipline, focus and creative skills demonstrated by the pupils
"Many have developed a passion for writing, more than just developing their linguistic flair and creative expression."
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Elsewhere, a South Hackney charity was given £4,000 to encourage people with mental health issues to read books. About 40 people from City and Hackney Mind in Tudor Grove joined a weekly book club.
Project co-ordinator Sophy Proctor said: "Originally, the book club was monthly, but it was so popular we changed it to weekly."
Other success stories include a reading class set up for Turkish children at Princess May Primary School in Princess May Road, Stoke Newington, and a parent and child library club was created at Mandeville Primary School in Oswald Street, Lower Clapton.
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