Local volunteer and tutor organises UK Reads Charity book drive to get more books to children 
Frances, a local tutor, and teacher has volunteered to support UK literacy charity UK Reads to collect books in Staffordshire to distribute to Early Years and School children locally.
This book drive is part of UK Reads’ wider work on ensuring every child can access books and give the opportunity to children across the UK who don’t own a book to have one to take home and enjoy.

Children in the UK are at higher risk than ever of needing support with their vocabulary and reading ability due to pandemic restrictions and school closures. On top of the Covid -19 pandemic of the last year, 380,000 young people are already living in poverty in the UK do not own a single book of their own.

UK Reads is determined to change the literacy statistics by reaching 5,000 children by this summer with books, reading activity packs and the literacy support they need.

If readers would like to donate unwanted books to help local children in need, please gather your good quality used or new children’s books to and contact Frances at Shining Stars Tutoring to arrange collection. shining.stars.tutoring@outlook.com / 07985515776 / www.shiningstarstutoring.co.uk

‘When I heard about the work UK Reads were doing in bringing books to communities and reaching children and families who had no spare budget for books at home, I knew I wanted to help. The magic a book can bring to a child’s life is so invaluable!” Says local supporter, Frances. ‘Please donate your children’s unwanted books and help me to reach these children in need.’

This localised drive is coordinated on behalf of UK Reads, the UK arm of the World Literacy Foundation (WLF). The Initiative relies on donations and funding to enable the delivery of books to those children, most in need across the UK. To make a charitable donation please visit www.ukreads.org or to discuss a book drive of your own email info@ukreads.org

Caroline Burkie of UK Reads said “There are 5 million functionally illiterate adults in the UK which means they have a reading age of 11 or below and can understand only the most straightforward, short texts on familiar topics. If a parent is struggling with illiteracy, finding it hard to secure a job and broaden their horizons, it can become very challenging for them to support their child to read from an early age and break the cycle of poverty. Together we can eradicate illiteracy and it starts with raising awareness, providing a supportive and engaging environment and access to the right resources."

Writer and podcaster Emma Gannon, who recently became an Ambassador of the UK Reads charity and is adding her voice to end child illiteracy said: "I recently learned that reading for pleasure is known to be the most reliable predictor of a child’s success in later life. So, by increasing book ownership and literacy support, a life-long difference can be made to a child's future. The pressures on parents who are already struggling financially to put a hot meal on the table each day, understandably don't have the disposable income to spend on books. Books are not just a nice-to-have, they are vital."